How Australians helped end Apartheid

The Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity had the privilege to tour a stunning new exhibition, Memories of the Struggle: Australians against Apartheid, which recently launched in Johannesburg.

It records the Australian contribution to the collapse of Apartheid, especially the Springbok tour of 1971 as well as the work of Desmond Tutu and Sekai Holland and their honouring with the Sydney Peace Prize.

The exhibition is opened on November 2 in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg which is the old gaol where Nelson Mandela and even Gandhi were imprisoned. It was launched by the Premier of Gauteng Province and the Australian High Commissioner.

A delegation from Australia travelled to Johannesburg including Anthony Abrahams, one of the Wallabies who campaigned against the tour, Meredith and Verity Burgmann who famously stopped the game in Sydney (and Meredith was given a two month gaol sentence), Ken Davis and Frances Letters, who were both arrested during sporting tours’ protests and Jane Singleton who was Chair of the Australian National ANC Support Committee. Jane's company did much of the work to stage and co-ordinate Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to Australia before the SA election in 1990.

Jane Singleton says “This celebration of activism fits so well with the current campaigns around same sex marriage and Adani. It proves you CAN make a difference. Principled and gutsy Australians helped make a difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of South Africans.”