Have You Heard From Johannesburg - Seven Stories of the GLOBAL anti-apartheid movement

Marilyn Waring
Marilyn Waring

Member of Parliament (NZ); anti-apartheid activist

No one more clearly reflects the political diversity of the New Zealand anti-apartheid movement than Marilyn Waring. Waring is a New Zealand feminist, a politician, an activist for women's rights and environmental issues, an author and an academic, known for her contributions to feminist economics.

Martin Fishgold
Martin Fishgold

Labor Committee Against Apartheid

Martin Fishgold was editor of “The Unionist”, newspaper for the SSEU Local 371 Trade Union in New York City.  In that capacity, Fishgold was approached by Peter Freemam in June 1983 with a story about a homeless shelter worker’s complaint about having to serve imported South Africian pineapples to Park Avenue shelter clients.

Mary Benson
Mary Benson

Africa Bureau; Treason Trial Defence Fund

Mary Benson was born in Pretoria where she received her early education. In 1941 she joined the South African Women’s Army and served in Cairo, Algiers, Italy, Greece and Vienna until 1945.On her return to South Africa, her attitude started shifting from that of traditional prejudice. In 1951 she worked as secretary to Tshekedi Khama, who was at the time campaigning to have his banishment revoked. In 1952 Benson went on to help establish the Africa Bureau in London and subsequently acted as secretary for the body. 

Meredith Burgmann
Meredith Burgmann

Australian Anti-Apartheid Mvmnt

Meredith Burgmann received a BA in English and Government from Sydney University in 1969, obtained a Masters Degree in 1973, and ultimately a PhD from Macquarie University.  During her undergraduate years, she became involved in anti-Vietnam protests and subsequently in Anti-Apartheid in 1971 around Australia's sporting ties with South Africa, and was frequently arrested for her direct-action tactics.

Mike Terry
Mike Terry

British Anti-Apartheid Movement

Terry began his involvement with southern Africa as a young teacher in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1966, the year after the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Ian Smith government.

Mildred Lesiea
Mildred Lesiea

African National Congress; United Democratic Front

Mildred Ramakaba-Lesiea was born in 1933 in Langa, Cape Town. After leaving school due to financial constraints, she worked as a domestic worker in Sea Point. Lesiea joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1954 during the introduction of racist and retrogressive Bantu education and was an activist in community affairs for many years...

Murphy Morobe
Murphy Morobe

South African Student's Movement; United Democratic Front

Morobe started school in Ermelo, completed Primary School in Soweto and then went to Orlando North Secondary School and Isaacson High School. While he was in high school he became interested in politics and history. In 1972 Morobe became part of the South African Student’s Movement (SASM)...

Oliver Reginald Tambo
Oliver Reginald Tambo

African National Congress

Born five years after the birth of the ANC, Oliver Reginald Tambo spent most of his life serving in the struggle against apartheid. 'O R', as he was popularly known by his peers, was born on 27th October 1917 in a rural town, Mbizana, in eastern Mpondoland in what was then the Cape Province (now Eastern Cape). His parents had converted to Christianity shortly before he was born...

Olof Palme
Olof Palme

Swedish politician

Born into a wealthy Stockholm family, Palme studied at Kenyon College, Ohio, U.S. (B.A., 1948), and obtained a law degree from Stockholm University in 1951. An active member of the Social Democrats from the early 1950s, Palme became Prime Minister Tage Erlander’s personal secretary in 1953 and entered the Swedish Parliament in 1958...

Oystein Gudim
Oystein Gudim

Norwegian Council for South African Affairs

Øystein Gudim holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo with a major in political science, history and sociology. In the years 1988 - 1992 he worked first in Tanzania for the United Nations and later for the United Nations Section of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.