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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1951

Coloured people from the Cape are removed from the voter's roll

March 1951

Walter Sisulu is in contact with the secretary of the National Council for Nigeria and the Cameroons in Accra

17 June 1951

Defiance campaign: Executive members meet their Indian counterparts so as to recommend massive defiance campaign to their respective annual conferences. The Defiance campaign was accepted by the ANC in December

29 July 1951

Walter Sisulu attends a secret meeting of representatives of the ANC and South African Indian Congress in Johannesburg. At this meeting it is decided that the second phase of the resistance campaign will commence during 1952. An ultimatum has to be addressed to the Government to repeal all discriminating Legislation before or/on 29 February 1952, and if this does not take place a mass contravention of such Legislation will be launched in all sections of the country. The date upon which the campaign will begin is set for 6 April 1952 so that it can coincide with the beginning of the Van Riebeeck festival

December 1951

Walter Sisulu, Dr. Dadoo, J.J. Marks and Y.A. Cachalia (all members of the Joint Planning Council) together with R.T. Chari, former secretary of the Indian High Commissioner in the Union, visit Basutoland. They have discussions there with black headmen about the inauguration of the Protectorate by the Union

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