Aluta Continua!

At the Iziko Slave Lodge

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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.

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From left to right: Curator of Aluta Continua!, Lynn Abrahams; Acting Director of
Institutional Advancement at Iziko, Melody Kleinsmith; 1976 student activist, Brian
Mphahlele; Director of Core Functions at Iziko, Dr Bongani Ndhlovu; former member
of MK and student activist, Shirley Gunn; and Cathseter intern, Zandile
Tshamlambo. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of South Africa.
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Memories, hopes and dreams are pinned to this wall in the Iziko Slave Lodge, a space
for South Africans to express their thoughts on the country and its progress towards a
free and democratic country for all. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of
South Africa.
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Aluta Continua! curator, Lynn Abrahams, discusses an exhibit with former member of MK
and student activist, Shirley Gunn. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of
South Africa.
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School students from Cedar High School in Mitchell’s Plain perform at the opening of 
Aluta Continua! at the Iziko Slave Lodge. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums
of South Africa.
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1976 student activist, Brian Mphahlele, speaks at the opening of Aluta Continua! at
the Iziko Slave Lodge. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of South Africa.
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learners from Roosendal High School in Delft write down their memories, hopes, dreams
and experiences of South Africa, to be pinned on Iziko’s ‘memories, hopes and dreams
wall’. Photograph: Nigel Pamplin © Iziko Museums of South Africa.

About Iziko Museums of South Africa

Iziko Museums of South Africa is one of the premier cultural institutions in South Africa. It operates 11 national museums in Cape Town. The museums hold social and natural history and art collections. The organisation commemorates and celebrate South African heritage by generation new cultural legacies that has moved beyond the shackles of the past. Visit our webpage atwww.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums), Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

 

Written by                          : Mbali Mqeteba, Public Relations intern

Issued by                             : Ellen Agnew, Communications Coordinator

Telephone                          : 021 3481 3830

Email                                     : eagnew@iziko.org.za

Website                               : www.iziko.org.za