News24.com | Fundraiser launched to build Liliesleaf heritage build and ‘relief’ history for future generations

The late Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg, who were defendants in the Rivonia Trial, on 10 June 2014 at Liliesleaf farm.

The late Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg, who were defendants within the Rivonia Trial, on 10 June 2014 at Liliesleaf farm.

PHOTO: Sizwe Ndingane/Gallo Footage, The Times

  • The Liliesleaf liberation heritage build is in financial ache and
    needs abet.
  • The tentacles of the Covid-19 pandemic added to a low cost in
    donations.
  • Thirty workers contributors, who had their pay decrease remaining year, haven’t been
    paid this year.

The Liliesleaf liberation heritage build is in financial ache on legend of
funding has dried up throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Have faith, which manages it, launched a donation advertising and marketing campaign within the lead up
to Freedom Day, after being unable to pay 30 staffers for the reason that initiating build of
the year.

Within the early sixties, the farm in Rivonia, Johannesburg turned into once a nerve
centre of liberation fight allies, the ANC, SACP and the Congress Alliance,
as well to the ANC’s armed soar, uMkhonto we Sizwe. The banned organisations
were forced to work within the shadows to steer clear of arrest or loss of life by the hands of apartheid
safety forces at the time.

On 11 July 1963, after a police raid, 10 other folks were set on trial to
face costs of sabotage in opposition to the declare, in what grew to change into is called the
“Rivonia Trial”.

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“Nelson Mandela, who turned into once already serving a penal complex sentence at the
time of the raid, grew to change into Accused #1. With him within the dock were Walter
Sisulu, Denis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Lionel ‘Rusty’ Bernstein,
Raymond Mhlaba, James Kantor, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni,” the
Have faith outlined.

Kantor and Bernstein were acquitted, but the opposite eight were found
responsible and sentenced to existence in penal complex.

“It is heartbreaking,” CEO Nicholas Wolpe told News24 of the
say.

He outlined that 30 workers contributors had their pay decrease remaining June, and enjoy
now not been paid since then. He stated he also stopped drawing a wage.

‘Treasured helpful resource for future generations’

They limped alongside on some international donations, fervent fundraising
by the ANC Liliesleaf branch, an overdraft from Absa and cash owed to service
companies, but they had now hit a wall.

An charm on Wolpe’s Facebook profile be taught: “Liliesleaf, cherish other
South African heritage institutions, is discovering it extra and extra advanced to
build its operations and programmes.”

He wrote: 

Here’s an charm for contributions to amass Liliesleaf going, to support its historical artefacts and exhibitions, to build its operations and to be clear that it stays a treasured helpful resource for future generations.

A crowdfunding advertising and marketing campaign turned into once launched and the Have faith is suggesting donations within the amount of 27 rand, bucks, kilos
or euros to designate South Africa’s 27th year of democracy later this month.

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Donors could also pledge 60 rand, bucks, kilos or euros to designate the
60th anniversary of the purchase of Liliesleaf.

Wolpe stated heritage institutions and locations of history and memory, such
as Liliesleaf, were struggling, now not handiest on legend of of the pandemic, but on legend of
of funding neglect by the authorities.

“Everyone must enjoy an conception of our tormented and
fractious previous that formed who we’re this present day,” he stated, to existing why it
turned into once so vital to amass funding the positioning.

Cape City’s famed District 6 museum is amongst other historical sites with
context and memory of apartheid’s travesties, which has also confronted closure
on legend of of the lockdown and the decline in funding.


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