On this day in 1976, Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu was detained for her involvement in political activities. The police suspected her of being in possessions of the then-banned African National Congress funds.
Lindiwe Sisulu was born on 10 May, 1954 to African National Congress veterans, Walter and Albertina Sisulu.
She was held without trial under Section 6 of the notorious Terrorism Act and spent 11 months in detention.
“At first it was not so bad. Even after a session of interrogation and torture, you knew you could return to your cell and talk to the others through the wall and be comforted.”
However, things changed. Lindiwe, like other political prisoners, was exposed to various forms of torture, mainly electric shock.
“They tied my hands behind my back and applied various gadgets which produced an intense shock. "
She added that they would even make her sit down while administering the shock, and that hurt even more.
Upon her release, she joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) while in exile and later underwent military training.
She returned to the country in 1990 just after the unbanning of the ANC and became a personal assistant to Jacob Zuma in the ANC's intelligence services. Sisulu worked as an administrator in the ANC’s Department of Intelligence and Security.
She was first given an appointment in the government as deputy-minister of home affairs in 1996, serving through 2001.
The 65-year-old is currently a member of the ANC NEC and has been serving as Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation since May this year.
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