History April 06, 2017 at 12:00 pm

9 Unforgettable Moments from South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Struggle

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

Fredrick Ngugi April 06, 2017 at 12:00 pm

April 06, 2017 at 12:00 pm | History

4. Durban Strike (1973)

Durban Strike

Durban Strike. Photo credit: Mail & Guardian

On January 9, 1973, employees of the Coronation Brick and Tile factory went on strike, demanding better working conditions and racial equality. Workers from other small factories also joined in the strike, marching across the streets of Durban. By the end of March the same year, at least 100,000 workers, most of them Africans, had come out on strike. The strike marked the beginning of mass revolt that played a significant role in arousing the spirit of anti-Apartheid rebellion in the country.


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