Anti apartheid exhibition in London

From British daily The Morning Star:

Apartheid struggle remembered

Thursday 11 June 2009

A new exhibition documenting the South Africa’s vicious apartheid system will open tomorrow at the Museum of London.

Forward to Freedom highlights the struggle of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain and is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the movement’s foundation.

The display will include campaign posters and materials spanning 40 years.

The Anti-Apartheid Movement was the largest and most potent international solidarity movement in British history, one which bridged political divides and involved ordinary people from many backgrounds.

The display explores the versatility and creativity of its most significant campaigns, including the decades-long consumer boycott, the high-profile demonstrations against touring South African rugby and cricket teams, the call for an end to arms trade with South Africa and the many campaigns in support of political prisoners and against apartheid executions.

The display also underlines the central importance of London as the city where the Anti-Apartheid Movement was founded and based many of its campaigns and the capital of a country which was inextricably linked with apartheid South Africa, especially during the Thatcher-led Tory years in the 1980s.

Commenting on the exhibition, Lord Bob Hughes of Woodside, who is a former Labour MP and previous chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, said: “This display and partnership with Museum of London and the Bodleian Library reflects the ethos of collaboration demonstrated by the Anti-Apartheid Movement throughout its history.”

Forward to Freedom runs from June 12 to September 6 and is free for all.

See also here.

The exhibition is in the Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.

[South Africa] has slammed Canada after it granted refugee status to a white South African who claimed that his life was in danger at the hands of his black compatriots. Similar issue in Australia: here.

THE South African Communist Party dipped its banner on Monday in memory of Eleanor Kasrils, who died at the weekend in Cape Town.

6 thoughts on “Anti apartheid exhibition in London

  1. Now on Kindle: How Apartheid Created Man-eating Lions

    “The Man-eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park” is now available as a Kindle edition through Author Robert Frump goes on an investigative safari in South Africa to discover why the lions of Kruger, docile in the daytime when tourists are present, turn into man-eaters at night when Mozambique refugees attempt to cross the park. He traces the problem to apartheid and examines why the problem exists today after apartheid’s demise.

    Summit, NJ (PRWEB) July 17, 2009 — “The Man-eaters of Eden: Life and Death in Kruger National Park,” a non-fiction book that explores the role of apartheid in human-animal conflict in South Africa, has been released on Kindle, Amazon’s electronic book reader.

    The book, first published in hardcover in 2006, tells the story of how author Robert Frump visited South Africa and learned by chance that some lions in Kruger National Park, considered the “Eden of South Africa,” had turned to man-eating behavior.

    Mr. Frump follows the trail of how this turn of events occurred, tracing them squarely back to the policies of apartheid. Apartheid ended in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. But the apartheid policies — strict enforcement of immigration laws and the fencing of Kruger National Park — continued.

    Moazambican refugees, and now refugees from Zimbabwe, risk life and limb to enter South Africa, considered the “America” of Southern Africa. The situation is comparable to the US Mexican border — if the US southern border contained more than 2,000 lions accustomed to killing and eating humans.

    Reviews of the book have been positive. Publishers Weekly says,Frump “…balances first-person accounts of his travels in the Kruger and his attempts to literally walk in the same path as the refugees with sharp and fascinating portraits of Africans such as John Kohza, one of the first of what Frump calls ‘the modern surge of refugees through Kruger’ in the 1970s. Kohza’s flight from the horrors of Mozambican famine and persecution is one of the book’s emotional high points.'”

    Book List says, “Frump’s intention was to examine the problem of lions and refugees dispassionately, and in this he succeeds. The narrative style encompasses solutions for solving the problem. ”

    Robert Frump is a nationally recognized journalist who also has written “Until the Sea Shall Free Them” and “Two Tankers Down.” He and Suzanne, his wife, live in Summit, NJ, and Dallas, TX.


  2. Ting-Ting Masango dies at 51 years

    SOUTH AFRICA: The ruling ANC party reported on Tuesday that former anti-apartheid guerilla Frans “Ting-Ting” Masango had died.

    “We dip our revolutionary banner in honour of this distinguished cadre and selfless combatant, who sacrificed immensely to the democratic order we live in today,” the ANC said.

    Mr Masongo had been held in solitary confinement by the former Apartheid regime. He was 51.


  3. South Africa: ‘The African Communist’: 50 years of mobilisation,

    By Blade Nzimande
    October 26, 2009 — A browse through the very first edition of the
    African Communist in 1959 not only gives an insight into the time and
    context during which it was launched but also the courageous and defiant
    character of those who breathed life into our historic journal:
    “This magazine, the African Communist, has been started by a group of
    Marxist-Leninists in Africa, to defend and spread the inspiring and
    liberating ideas of Communism in our great Continent, and to apply the
    brilliant scientific method of Marxism to the solution of its problems.
    It is being produced in conditions of great difficulty and danger.
    Nevertheless we mean to go on publishing it, because we know that Africa
    needs Communist thought, as dry and thirsty soil needs rain.”

    * Read more


  4. July 18 declared ‘Mandela Day’

    UN: The general assembly declared July 18 “Nelson Mandela International Day” on Tuesday to mark the South African anti-apartheid leader’s contribution to peace.

    The assembly called for commemorations every year starting next year on Mr Mandela’s birthday – to recognise the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s contribution to resolving conflicts and promoting race relations, human rights and reconciliation.

    By adopting the resolution, general assembly president Ali Treki said that the international community was expressing its appreciation for “a great man” who had suffered for the sake of people everywhere.


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