Walter Sisulu

South African anti-apartheid hero

Born 1912-05-18 00:00:00 in Transkei,

Walter Sisulu was a South African anti-apartheid activist, member of the African National Congress and one of the foremost influences in South African politics. In 1944 along with Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, he joined the ANC Youth League (founded by Anton Lembede) initially becoming the treasurer. Throughout his political career he fought against black on black violence (between ANC and IFP). In 1964 he was sentenced to life and imprisoned on Robben Island, alongside Nelson Mandela. He spent 26 years in jail and was released in 1989 - at age 77. He campaigned in the first truly multi-racial elections in South Africa (in 1994) and saw his dream of black majority rule fulfilled. He retired after the election, though he kept an office at ANC headquarters where he would drop in from time to time. He was also known for his doting marriage to Albertina Sisulu (a fellow freedom-fighter). Walter Sisulu received a special state funeral on 17 May 2003.



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Deputy President | African National Congress

1991 - 1994

Social Development and Community Services

Secretary General | African National Congress

1949 - 1954

Social Development and Community Services

Miner | Rose Deep Mine

1949 - 1954

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Baker | Premier Biscuits

1949 - 1954

Paint Mixer | Herbert Evans

1949 - 1954

Part-time Teller | Union Bank of South Africa

1949 - 1954

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Freelance Journalist | New Age

1949 - 1954

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Honourary Chancellor | University of Venda

1949 - 1954

Academia, Education and Training

Political Commissioner | Umkhonto we Sizwe

1949 - 1954


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