The Peoples’ Victory 1994-2024

This is the website for the UK wide commemorative programme

running from March 2024-March 2025

Marking 30 Years of South Africa’s Liberation

Convened by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and Anti-Apartheid Legacy:Centre of Memory and Learning; with the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and ACTSA Scotland, in partnership with the South African High Commission to the UK & N Ireland.

All shall be afforded dignity” is our theme for the year. It is both commemorative and a call to action for the future, since there is much work still to be done to realise the South Africa we all want, according to the provisions in the South African Constitution.

Our aim is to draw on the spirit of the 1994 election year, where hope with action were the key ingredients to achieving a new dawn for South Africa and for the world.

We opened the year at SOAS, with a film-screening of ‘Life is Wonderful’, the story of the lawyers involved in the Rivonia Trial, which led to life-imprisonment for Nelson Mandela and his co-accused, rather than a death penalty. The panel chaired by Dr Wayne Dooling, Chair of SOAS’ Centre for African Studies, included Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir, Ayanda Mhlongo PhD candidate Cambs, Makomborero Haruzivishe law undergraduate University of Kent, and His Excellency Kingsley Mamabolo, High Commissioner from South Africa to the UK and Northern Ireland. Photo: Liliesleaf Trust SOAS panel 13 March 2024

“.. we are confronted with a protracted struggle which is intimately bound up with our fourth founding stone – the rebuilding and modernisation of our economy and setting it on a high, sustainable growth path to end poverty, unemployment and backwardness. None of us can overestimate the complexity of the challenge that faces us. At the same time, relying on our own resources and people, and as part of the world community of nations, we have every reason to be certain that we will succeed.

~ Nelson Mandela in his speech to the UK Parliament, 1996

Nelson Mandela (1996). Composite picture (c) ACTSA

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