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Birth of Democracy Display

Bust of ex-president Nelson Mandela


The Birth of Democracy Dislay is housed in a separate room in the Museum’s Main Building. It highlights the struggle for freedom in South Africa. There is a number of photographs depicting the apartheid rule (pre and post 1948), the strikes and the struggles of the Black South Africans fighting against apartheid, the formation of the Congress Youth League in 1944 and the South African Students’ Organization (SASO) and their  Black Consciousness Movement in 1969 with their leaders, various state leaders (between apartheid and democracy eras), the Soweto Uprising, the Sophiatown Removals, the Sharpeville Massacre, exiles and sanctions, changes in South Africa, Mandela’s release, etc.