August is Women's Month and South Africans are celebrating heroic women in all kinds of ways. The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation recently shared a tweet in which they celebrate former Cabinet Minister and anti-apartheid activist Barbara Hogan as part of their #HeroicWomen series.
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation was formed in 2008 to continue the legacy of anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada and his generation.
Who is Barbara Hogan exactly?
Barbara is married to Ahmed Kathrada, a member of the ANC who served 18 years on Robben Island.
She grew up in Benoni and joined the ANC in 1977 and was involved in their underground work. Barbara gained a lot of information for the ANC as well as recruited other white people who were against apartheid.
Barbara soon got the attention of the government. She survived an assassination attempt when a bomb that was meant for her was mistakenly placed under the car of another female.
In 1981 Barbara was taken in by the police and put into isolation, where she was interrogated and beaten.
Although the state had prove against Barbara, she was given 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of treason.
Barbara was the very first white female to be found guilty of treason.
As the end of apartheid neared, Barbara was released in 1990. She was still a member of the ANC and was a member of the NEC from 1990 until 1992.
In 1993 Barbara became head of Policy Development at the Development Bank of South Africa.
After the first democratic South African election, she served in various roles in the ANC-led government.
Barbara was chairperson of the portfolio committee on Finance between 1999 and 2004, and she also became chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Account and the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General, according to records of SA History.
In 2008 Barbara became Minister of Health until 2009. After that she got elected as Minster of Public Enterprises, where she was until 2010.
Barbara was a council member of the Robben Island Museum and the Amandla AIDS Fund.
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