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People and Organisations

Phetlhu, Ogone

  • ZA-COM-09390
  • Person
  • 6 January 1990 -

Galeta, Hotep

  • ZA-COM-09394
  • Person
  • 7 June 1941 - 3 November 2010

Sundkler, Bengt

  • ZA-COM-07963
  • Person
  • 7 May 1909 - 5 April 1995
Swedish-Tanzanian Church historian, Professor and Bishop of Bukoba.

Mqota, Temba

  • ZA-COM-09402
  • Person
  • 1928 -
Member of the African National Congress (ANC) since 1946 and supported the Indian struggle against the "Ghetto" Act. Prominent in organizing the Laundry Workers' Union in Port Elizabeth.

Mwaanga, Vernon

  • ZA-COM-09419
  • Person
  • 25 June 1944 -
Zambian diplomat and politician.

Moretsele, Elias

  • ZA-COM-09426
  • Person
  • 1897- March 1961
Businessman, Transvaal President of the African National Congress (ANC) and defendant in the 1956 Treason Trial.

Bernstein, Hilda

  • ZA-COM-02254
  • Person
  • 15 May 1915 - 8 September 2006
Member of the South African Labour Party League of Youth and the South African Communist Party (SACP), founding member of the Federation of South African Women. In 1953 she was banned by Ministerial decree from 26 organizations and all meetings, including bans on writing and being published. In 1960, she was detained under the State of Emergency without charge following the Sharpeville shootings.

Thorne, Athol

  • ZA-COM-09436
  • Person
  • 15 October 1921 - 14 September 2001
Athol joined the Communist Party of South Africa in 1947. In 1953, on his return from London, Athol was recruited into the underground reconstituted South African Party which had been declared illegal in 1950. He became a member of the Cape Town District Committee. In the early stage Athol worked on the rebuilding of the Communist Party and alongside that became the Western Cape regional secretary of the white Congress of the Democrats. On 28 September 1955 he was banned as a member of Communist Party; Secretary of the Congress of Democrats (Western Cape).

Benson, Mary

  • ZA-COM-03275
  • Person
  • 1919 - 2000
A friend of Mandela’s, Benson was a journalist, author, and anti-apartheid activist. After serving as an aide to various generals in World War II she settled in England. She returned to South Africa in 1957 and worked to raise funds for the defence of Mandela and 155 other accused in the Treason Trial. Mandela visited her in London on his clandestine trip
out of South Africa in 1962. Among her books is Mandela: The Man and the Movement (New York: W. W. Norton, 1986).

Dlamini, Gugu

  • ZA-COM-09449
  • Person
  • 1962 - 16 December 1998
She is AIDS activist. On World AIDS Day, 01 December 1998, she disclosed her HIV status on television and on a Zulu language radio station and she was stoned, stabbed by her hometown members. Before her death, she had been a volunteer field worker for the National Association of People living with HIV/AIDS.

Ndzanga, Rita

  • ZA-COM-09450
  • Person
  • 17 October 1933 -
Former Secretary of the Railway Worker's Union. On 12 May 1969, Rita and her husband were detained under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act. She remained in prison for six months without a single change of clothing. She was in detention with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Thoka Mngoma, Martha Dlamini and Joyce Sikhakane. In detention, policemen severely assaulted her. Advocate George Bizos defended them in court.

Ndzanga, Lawrence

  • ZA-COM-09451
  • Person
  • ? - 8 January 1977
Former secretary of the Railway Worker's Union and a national executive committee member of the South African Congress Trade Unions (SACTU), was detained under Section 6(1) of the Terrorism Act on 18 November 1976. His wife Rita and twenty others were detained at the same time. He was held at the Johannesburg Fort.

Rabkin, David

  • ZA-COM-09455
  • Person
Member of the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party. He was charged with terrorism, Internal Security Act and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Pretoria Local Prison.

Vundla, Mfundi

  • ZA-COM-09459
  • Person
  • 10 September 1946 -

Gibson, Douglas

  • ZA-COM-09462
  • Person
  • 8 August 1942 -
Politician, South African retired attorney and diplomat who served as South Africa's ambassador to Thailand between 2008 and 2012. Previously, he had served as chief whip of the opposition from 1999 to 2007, as chairperson of the federal council of the Democratic Party between 1997 and 2000 and as a member of the National Assembly of South Africa between 1994 and 2008. He played a role in drafting of the 1993 Interim Constitution.
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