The Defiance Campaign against Unjust Laws was launched on 26 June 1952 by the ANC together with the South African Indian Congress.
More than 8,500 volunteers or 'defiers' were imprisoned for peacefully refusing to obey apartheid laws. The campaign, which carried on into 1953, attracted thousands into political activity.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.
Last updated: 27 May 2016
The Defiance Campaign
|30 Oct 1952||The Story of Defiance|
|20 Aug 1952||`We defy` - 10,000 volunteers protest against `unjust laws`|
|01 Jul 1952||The Defiance Campaign in South Africa, recalled|
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