Commemoration of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings

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01 Aug 2006

As part of the year-long celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s Anti-Pass March to the Union Buildings, a number of activities will continue until March 2007.

In our quest to ensure that the important legacy of the Anti-Pass March is preserved, government will collaborate with institutions of higher learning to host a series of lectures on the 1956 Women’s Anti-Pass March in the period between July 2006 and March 2007. The lectures will focus on the lives and work of some of the veterans of the 1956 march. The lectures will focus on Lilian Ngoyi, Hellen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Ruth First, Charlotte Maxeke, Winifred Kgoare and Ellen Khuzwayo among others. 

On Women’s Day (9 August), there will be a public event to re-enact and commemorate the 1956 Women’s Anti-Pass March in Pretoria. It is expected that thousands of people will converge at the Strijdom Square in the Pretoria CBD and then march to the Union Buildings. 

The marchers will be received by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the veterans of the 1956 Anti-Pass March at the Union Buildings. They will deliver a petition to the Deputy President. It is expected that President Mbeki will address the crowds later on in the day. Full details of the March and programme for the day will be released in due course. 

Enquiries                    : Mack Lewele                       082 450 5076/012 441 3083

                                      : Sandile Memela                  082 800 3750