History and heritage
As South Africa marks Human Rights month, we pay tribute to one of South Africa's
greatest but often forgotten heroes of the struggle for freedom.
Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of South African struggle stalwart
Joe Slovo. Commended as an outstanding revolutionary by former president Nelson
Mandela, Slovo headed up the SA Community Party and dedicated his life to gaining
power for all the people of South Africa.
South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the
significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A
day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and
recognition of the country's rich cultural history.
Sixty years ago, 164 women of all races, representing 230 000 women from a range of struggle organisations and trade unions, gathered in Johannesburg to draw up the Women's Charter, one of the first documents to map out a vision for a post-apartheid South Africa.
One hundred years have passed since Mahatma Gandhi left South Africa to return to India. The lessons he left have not been forgotten, and continue to inspire South Africans as the country builds a cohesive and inclusive national identity.
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