South Africa Five Years After Sharpeville

by Gladstone Ntlabati
New York, New York, United States
March 21, 1965
Publisher: Consultative Council on South Africa
6 pages
Type: Speech
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
At the National Conference on the South Africa Crisis and American Action, Gladstone Ntlabati recounts the events at Sharpeville in March 1960 when police opened fire on protestors against the pass laws. He recounts many previous cases of violence against peaceful protest, under the pretext of anti-communism. Following the Sharpeville massacre, the South African regime adopted new laws that essentially ended the rule of law regarding political protest, replacing it with police-state tyranny. Ntlabati quotes Nobel Prize winner Albert Luttuli calling for full political rights for all South Africans regardless of race, as well as Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive