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Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition (impact and refections)

On 17 July 2018, to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, a free exhibition opens at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The exhibition mostly charts Mandela’s … Continue reading

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The Springbok Reception Committee: “no normal sport in an abnormal society”

When it was announced that the South African Springboks rugby team were due to tour Britain during the autumn of 1992, the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group sprung into action. Specifically, they responded to the call from South African anti-apartheid … Continue reading

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Viva Steve Biko!

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the murder of  Stephen Bantu Biko  in police detention in South Africa on 12 September 1977.  Biko was one of the founders of the Black Conscious Movement.  As a radical student leader who advocated … Continue reading

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The power of moffies: Simon Nkoli and international lesbian and gay solidarity

One of the events that I remember most clearly and most fondly from my own time on the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy is not one of the large rallies, or one of the daring direct actions,  it is … Continue reading

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Solidarity returned (to sender)

Central to the politics of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group and the Non-Stop Picket was the principle that British solidarity activists could not choose for the Black majority in South Africa (and Namibia) who their legitimate representatives were. City … Continue reading

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Remembering Sharpeville

On 21 March 1960 69 unarmed protestors were shot dead by South African Police at Sharpeville.  They were participating in a demonstration called by the Pan-Africanist Congress against the pass laws, a central facet of the apartheid regime, that regulated … Continue reading

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Synchronous rhythms: what was it about 24 February… ?

I wrote recently about the complex temporal rhythms that marked time on the Non-Stop Picket, noting that certain dates in the calendar structured the political life of anti-apartheid activism.  So, for instance, rallies and special events were regularly held on … Continue reading

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