This day in history: Anti-apartheid struggle hero Walter Sisulu was born

This day in history: Anti-apartheid struggle hero Walter Sisulu was born

The late Walter Sisulu, the renowned anti-apartheid struggle hero who spent 25 years in prison, was born on 18 May, 1912.

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Sisulu was among the Rivonia Trialists, including Nelson Mandela, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for their uncompromising anti-apartheid stance.

Along with Mandela and others, he was a founding member of the ANC Youth League in 1944.

Sisulu was a key proponent of the militant Programme of Action that gave the struggle a new lease of life.

He was also a central figure in behind the ANC's defiance campaigns in the 1950s as well as the Congress of the People that adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955.

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Sisulu was married to another struggle heroine, Albertina Sisulu. The ANC is celebrating what would have been Albertina's 100th birthday this year.

The revered couple had several children together, including former Speaker of National Assembly, Max Sisulu, and current Minister of International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu.

Sisulu passed away on 5 May, 2003.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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