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22 memories of martyrs for our freedom

For this Freedom Month it’s important for all South Africans to remember the struggle heroes who sacrificed their lives for our democracy. To mark 22 years of freedom, we salute 22 martyrs of the liberation struggle.

A life remembered on the stage

For nearly two years Sibongile Mkhabela had nothing but a concrete wall as a sounding board. A student leader in 1976, she was detained at the notorious John Vorster Square. To cope, she willed herself to forget. But in By The Apricot Tree, her daughter, playwright Ntsako Mkhabela, unpacks her life and her memories.

Winnie’s pain and torture in prison

From the moment she married Nelson Mandela in 1958, Winnie Madikizela was harassed, detained and tortured. She survived an astounding 491 days in solitary confinement, and turned her banishment to Brandfort into a triumph, before defiantly returning to Soweto.
The women in Madiba's life


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