UDF leaders Murphy Morobe and Mohammed Valli Moosa

UDF leaders Murphy Morobe and Mohammed Valli Moosa

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New York, New York, United States
January 1989
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Two leading members of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Murphy Morobe (left) and Mohammed Valli Moosa (right), with Annie King, Office Manager of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) in ACOA's office. Morobe and Moosa visited Unites States in January 1989. In February 1988 the South African government prohibited the UDF from "conducting any political activities whatsoever." Despite the banning and the detention of most of its leadership, the UDF remained the largest source of opposition to the apartheid government. Morobe was Acting National Publicity Secretary and Vallie Moose was Acting National General Secretary. Morobe and Moosa were detained in July 1987 but in September 1988 they, and Vusi Khanyile, after being detained for 14 months, escaped and took refuge in the U.S. Consulate. After 37 days they left the Consulate; the South African government, apparently seeking to avoid a diplomatic confrontation with the U.S., said the three would not be detained again. As a result of his role in the Soweto Uprising and as a leader of the Soweto Students Representative Council, Morobe had been convicted of "sedition" and served time on Robben Island.
Used by permission of Africa Action, successor to the American Committee on Africa.