This day in history: Walter Sisulu receives a 6-year prison sentence

This day in history: Walter Sisulu receives a 6-year prison sentence

On this day in history, former African National Congress Secretary General, Walter Sisulu, was convicted and handed a six-year prison sentence.

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On 4 March 1963, Walter Sisulu was convicted for 'furthering' the ANC's aims and inciting a stay-at-home protest two-years prior.

At the time, the Apartheid government had banned the ANC, along with the Pan Africanist Congress, South African Communist Party (SACP) and other liberation movements.

Despite the ban on the liberation movements, Sisulu continued his underground ANC work. However, he was arrested and on 4 March, 1963, he was convicted for the 1961 protest he organised, SAhistory.org.za reported.

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Briefly.co.za gathered Sisulu was sentenced to six-years behind bars, but, he was granted a R6k bail just three days after the conviction.

His freedom was short lived and less than five months after he was granted bail, Sisulu broadcasted a short message from a secret ANC radio station.

He was arrested again on 11 July 1963 after cops raided the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. Sisulu, along with several other activist including Govan Mbeki, were charged in October that same year.

On 12 June, 1964, Sisulu and the other Rivonia Trialists were sentenced to life behind bars.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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