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State of Emergency

During the apartheid years many anti-liberation movement laws were passed especially during the PW Botha years.

Maseru

A poster in the wake of the Maseru Massacre reads: "The Certainty of their defeat drives them to massacre. The certainty of our victory grows out of mobilisation."

Detention Action Committee

During the apartheid years civil societies were formed to represent various groups including the rights of prisoners.

End Conscription Campaign

With the war to defend apartheid many young white South Africans were called in to join the South African Defense Force and fight against the freedom fighters whom the government regarded as terrorists. The ECC made conscripts and their parents aware of the military conditions their children were subjected to.

Mannetjie, didn’t they tell you?

An End Conscription Campaign. The poster reads: Mannetjie, didn't they tell you? Cadets Maak Malletjies

And the people vote for Nelson Mandela

Artists who associated themselves with the liberation movement grouped themselves under MEDU. They produced posters and different forms of art depicting life under the apartheid regime.

South African Women’s Rights

Vukani Makhosikazi: South African Women Speak Artwork of an African woman with a baby on her hip in the foreground. Thatched huts township houses and red rising sun in background.

Workers Unite: One Country – One Federation

Full colour poster celebrating the launch of COSATU and its call for 'One country, one federation'.

Dorothy Nyembe

A poster for Dorothy Nyembe. She was in jailed from 1969 to 1984 and was a symbol of the courage and resilience ANC women.

Join uMkhonto We Sizwe

Women arise and act! Join uMkhonto We Sizwe. This poster was produced after an attack on an army base in Voortrekker Hoogte where the ANC used the Grad-P light portable rocket system for the first time.

Helen Joseph

Helen Joseph was a South African anti-apartheid activist, and was also a defendant at the 1956 Treason Trial.

25 years of militant struggle

During the apartheid years artists from different walks of life came together to support the boycott of culture under apartheid regime. The group was called MEDU.

UDF declaration

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as its policy document.

The Freedom Charter – 30th Anniversary

The Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown in 1955. It is a significant document in the history of this country as it paved the way to a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa.

Yusuf Dadoo

Dr Yusuf Dadoo was the leader of the Transvaal Indian Congress and was very instrumental in the formation of the Doctors Pact. The pact was signed by Dr Naicker of the Natal Indian Congress, Dr Yusuf Dadoo of the Transvaal Indian Congress and Dr Xuma of the African National Congress.

UDF Million signature campaign

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as its policy document.

Unity democracy and courage

Unity, Democracy and Courage. The People's Power will break South Africa's Aggression. This was a poster was produced by MEDU Art Ensemble in Gaborone, Botswana in the 1980s

One million signature campaign

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as its policy document.

One year of united action

The formation of UDF in South Africa revitalised and conscientized the Black people about their political rights. The UDF became an umbrella body to many formations and it adopted the Freedom Charter as it's policy document.