4 remarkable things South Africans remember about Walter Sisulu

4 remarkable things South Africans remember about Walter Sisulu

The South African National Biodiversity Institute recently unveiled a memorial and educational site for late anti-apartheid struggle hero, Walter Sisulu, in Roodepoort, Gauteng.

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Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, and Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, attended the launch of the site, dubbed the Sisulu Circle.

A special orchid was also launched in honour of struggle heroine Albertina Sisulu, who was also Walter Sisulu's wife.

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Briefly.co.za therefore looks at four remarkable things South Africans remember about Walter Sisulu and his contribution to South Africa's freedom.

1. Founding member of the ANC Youth League.

Sisulu was among the founding leaders of the ANC Youth League in 1944 alongside AP Mda, Nelson Mandela, and Oliver Tambo.

The ANYL gave impetus to the anti-apartheid struggle through its militant Programme of Action.

Nelson Mandela pictured with Walter Sisulu at Robben Island. Source: SA History Online

Nelson Mandela pictured with Walter Sisulu at Robben Island. Source: SA History Online

2. Leading figure in the defiance campaigns.

As Briefly.co.za recently reported, Sisulu was one of the leaders of the defiance campaigns against the apartheid regime in the 1950s.

He also played a key role in the Congress of the People that adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955.

3. Rivonia trialist.

Sisulu was among the brave Rivonia Trialists who were sentenced to life imprisonment for their anti-apartheid activities. They served large parts of their sentences at Robben Island.

Walter Sisulu and Albertina Sisulu. Source: SA History Online

Walter Sisulu and Albertina Sisulu. Source: SA History Online

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4. Marriage to Albertina Sisulu.

Walter and Albetina Sisulu became a revered couple after their love withstood Walter's long imprisonment.

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

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