The Congress of the People and Freedom Charter: A People’s History

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This is a popular history of one of the most inspiring campaigns ever launched by the ANC and its allied organisations in Kliptown, Soweto, on 26 June 1955. It celebrates the fact that the Freedom Charter is deeply embedded in the Constitution of a free and democratic South Africa. In commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter and the 103rd anniversary of the ANC, the South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa asserted that, “It is therefore a matter of great significance that we stand poised to realise the call made in the Freedom Charter for a national minimum wage,” at the International Minimum Wage Experiences Workshop. This forms part of the ANC plans to reclaim the Freedom Charter which was initiated in 1953 by the ANC, the South African Indian Congress (SAIC), the South African Coloured People’s Organisation (SACPO) and the South African Congress of Democrats (SACOD) as the basis for its future plans.


Dr Ismail Vadi is a Member of the Executive Council for Roads and Transport in Gauteng. He currently serves on the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC and the Board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He was born in Kliptown in 1960, where the historic Congress of the People was held. He is a former school teacher and lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of the Witwatersrand. He has had a varied political career. He was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress and the United Democratic Front. He was a founder member of the Progressive Teachers’ League and the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union.