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The Iziko Slave Lodge is pleased to present Aluta Continua – an exhibition, curated by Lynn Abrahams, documenting the story of the 1976 student uprisings and the events that followed the Soweto protests, right through until 1994 and post the democratic elections.
The contribution of the people of the Western Cape in South Africa’s liberation and resistance narratives has been largely overlooked; and with Aluta Continua, Iziko Museums of South Africa seeks to zoom in on the narratives of individuals based in the Western Cape during this tumultuous time – highlighting and interrogating their role in the downfall of apartheid.
For black youth in South Africa in the 1970s, discontent centred around the Bantu Education Act of 1953. Inspired by Steve Biko and SASO, students began to protest – leading to large-scale student uprisings of Soweto and the Western Cape in June 1976. The apartheid regime’s reaction to the protesting school children was so violent that it garnered immense international attention, which was to be a crucial factor in the eventual collapse of apartheid.
In celebration and commemoration of the events of 1976, Aluta Continua profiles a selection of stories from students living in the Western Cape during these uprisings, and seeks to map their individual and collective contribution to the fall of apartheid and the subsequent dream of a free and fair South Africa for all.
About Iziko Museums of South Africa
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