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In reflection of the turbulent history South Africa has experienced before transformation, which even overlapped into the transport industry, the James Hall Museum of Transport commemorated the heroes of this particular struggle with its “Azikhwelwa" exhibition at the Workers Museum in Newtown. 

 

Meaning “We shall not ride", “Azikhwelwa" was a defiance campaign that left its stamp on contemporary society when people absconded from riding on public transport in the 1957 Bus Boycotts in Alexandra Township as buses travelled empty along routes while endless streams of walkers filled pavements.

 

The dispute between residents and the then oppressive government stemmed from the introduction of the Native Land Act in 1912, which dictated that black people could not own land, causing residents to embark on a revolt against the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and making the government succumb to their demands as masses walked in rainy weather to school and work.

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Workers Museum

From: 09 November 2018

To: 27 January 2019





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