Paying tribute to the women who demanded change

2019-08-07 06:01
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CELEBRATING women across South Africa, African Link Global Events and Project Gateway will be hosting a Woman’s day Tribute of Honour on Friday, August 9 to celebrate and pay homage to the women who marched to the Union Buildings 63 years ago to hand deliver a petition signed by 100 000 signatories to then Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom in 1956.

The event will take place at the Chapel at Project Gateway (Old Prison) from 8 am until 3 pm and it will feature various celebrities and keynote speakers such as Sizani Ngubane, Ela Gandhi, and Professor Martin Prosesky, among others.

“This event is about those 20 000 ladies that braved the elements, moved families to their neighbours, pets to the in-laws, the elderly to caregivers, packed a couple vittles and went marching, literally to the Union Buildings, precisely 63 years ago armed with 100 000 signatories on petitions for hand-delivery to Prime Minister Strijdom on Thursday, August 9, 1956,” said Ursula Brown from African Link.

Brown highlighted the reason for the protest, stating that the women came from all corners of South Africa to protest against the apartheid government requiring black South Africans to carry passbooks as part of the pass laws of the time. These were special ID documents that infringed on their freedom of movement.

Besides the Peace March of August 9, 1956, Brown says this day marks a number of other important anniversaries for SA:

• Seven years since the Marikana massacre on August 16, 2012

• 106 years since the first anti-pass march lead by the women of Bothaville and Bloemfontein in 1913

• 106 years since the colonial government passed the Natives Land Act.

The event includes a tour of the Old Prison Project as well as a tribute to Kasturba Gandhi by her granddaughter, Ela Gandhi, among other items. Lunch will be served at 1 pm. Tickets cost R200 per person.

For more information contact Brown via email at or call 033 345 3175 or 083 632 2420.


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