On this day 50 years ago, anti-apartheid activist Robert Sobukwe was released from his incarceration and sentenced to house arrest in Kimberly.
In 1960, Robert Sobukwe was arrested after a protest against the Pass Laws. He was sentenced to three years in prison where after he was interned on Robben Island.
According to Wikipedia, the new General Law Amendment Act empowered the Minister of Justice at the time to renew Sobukwe's sentence yearly.
Sobukwe, who was dubbed one of the most feared architects in the fight against apartheid, spent his time in solitary on Robben Island.
Nine years after his arrest, in 1969, Sobukwe was released from Robben Island. However, he was far from a free man as he was sentenced to house arrest.
On Monday, Minister Nathi Mthethwa shared a post in honour of Sobukwe.
"On this day in 1969, Pan Africanist Congress founder & one of Africa’s towering intellectual giants Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was released from detention & banished to house arrest in Kimberly as one of the most feared architects in the fight against apartheid. #RobertSobukwe," he captioned the post.
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