Partners in the struggleThe ANC has alliances with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU).

The Church Leaders March

The march was organised by the South African Council of Churches, in protest of oppressive conditions under apartheid.

Tour of Japan

A group of young cultural workers called Committed Artists toured Japan in 1990. This was in line with the campaign that the ANC was doing for the readmission of South Africa to the international community.

Congress of South African Trade Unions

The formation of COSATU was a victory for Black workers. Its emergence played a vital role in the struggle for a democratic South Africa.

State of Emergency

During the apartheid years many anti-liberation movement laws were passed especially during the PW Botha years.

Political Campaign

The name of Mandela in the ANC became a symbol of resistance for all those who suffered under the apartheid regime.


A poster in the wake of the Maseru Massacre reads: "The Certainty of their defeat drives them to massacre. The certainty of our victory grows out of mobilisation."

Detention Action Committee

During the apartheid years civil societies were formed to represent various groups including the rights of prisoners.

Before Dawn: Culture in another South Africa

The highlights of the "Culture in another South Africa" Conference held in Amsterdam in December 1987.

Olaf Palme Memorial Lecture

Olaf Palme Memorial Lecture on Disarmament and Development with speeches by Oliver Tambo and Allan Boesak.

End Conscription Campaign

With the war to defend apartheid many young white South Africans were called in to join the South African Defense Force and fight against the freedom fighters whom the government regarded as terrorists. The ECC made conscripts and their parents aware of the military conditions their children were subjected to.

Reverend Chris Nissen

Rev Chris Nissen was very active in the political formations of ANC in the Western Cape.

Labour Movement

The right to organise in the factory floors in the 1980s amongst Black people was a big step towards attaining freedom - a right that was taken away for years by the apartheid government.

Jay Naidoo

In the mid 1980s the labour movement gave new hope to Black workers by enabling them to negotiate for working conditions. Left is President of COSATU, Elijah Barayi and on the right is Jay Naidoo, General Secretary.

Congress of South African Trade Unions

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) was launched on 1 December 1985 at the height of the struggle against apartheid. Held on the shoulders of others is the General Secretary, Jay Naidoo.

Congress Of South African Trade Unions

The Congress Of South African Trade Union was lauched in December 1985 after four years of unity talks between unions that opposed apartheid and were committed to a non-racial and democratic South Africa.

And the people vote for Nelson Mandela

Artists who associated themselves with the liberation movement grouped themselves under MEDU. They produced posters and different forms of art depicting life under the apartheid regime.

United Democratic Front

In its formation the United Democratic Front adopted the Freedom Charter as its guiding policy. This was a radical move in the history of South Africa as the Freedom Charter was associated with treason .

Walter Sisulu Pioneer Organisation

The Youth of the mid 1980s organised a Masupatsela camp in Mazimbu.

Workers Unite: One Country – One Federation

Full colour poster celebrating the launch of COSATU and its call for 'One country, one federation'.

25 years of militant struggle

During the apartheid years artists from different walks of life came together to support the boycott of culture under apartheid regime. The group was called MEDU.