30th Anniversary of the Vaal Uprising

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A TURNING POINT IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN LIBERATION STRUGGLE:

3 SEPTEMBER 1984 VAAL UPRISINGS

CELEBRATING THE LEGACY

Sedibeng District, Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal Municipalities will be spearheading the 30th Anniversary Commemorations of the historic 3rd September 1984 Uprising in the Vaal.

Themed, ‘Reclaiming and Rebuilding the Historical Legacy of the Vaal’, the 30th anniversary of the Uprising on 3 September 2014 commemoration seeks to underline the Vaal’s unique role in the history of South Africa’s struggle for liberation and democracy.

Various activities will be held in the Region, starting with a commemorative prayer service and mass rally on 3rd September 2014, followed by 30th Vaal Uprising Inaugural Annual Memorial Lecture on 30th September 2014. Other activities, running throughout 2014 to September 2015, include soccer tournaments, literary and music competitions, cultural events, story-telling, Vaal River Carnival.

The Vaal Uprising in 1984 demonstrated the impact of mass-based resistance to apartheid and the unity of a wide range of interest groups, such as the churches, women, student and youth formations and labour unions in opposing the evil apartheid system.

The Vaal Civic Association, formed in October 1983, played a pivotal role in opposing rate increases in the Vaal, under the banner of “Asinamali”. By the end of 3rd September 1984, at least four Black Local Authority councillors and a bodyguard had been killed; hundreds had been shot and injured by the South African Police (SAP). Over 100 people died in the violent aftermath.

Consequently, South Africa‘s political landscape changed drastically and forced the apartheid government into a negotiated settlement.

The Delmas Treason Trial and the Sharpeville 6 Trial were the key political trials that were a direct result of the Vaal Uprising.

As we prepare to commemorate the historic 30 Years of the 3rd September 1984 Vaal Uprising, we call on our people to recommit to the core tenets of the liberation struggle. These include humility, sacrifice and a willingness to be always accountable to the people.