Item 14.6.3 - Soweto service for victims of raid on Matola, Mozambique.

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ZA AFRAPIX AP5-14-14.6-14.6.3


Soweto service for victims of raid on Matola, Mozambique.


  • c1981-1983 (Creation)

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Afrapix was a collective agency of amateur and professional photographers who documented Apartheid South Africa through their photographs in the 1980s. At its height there were 20 members, and up to 60 "stringers" which had an affiliation and would do projects for Afrapix.

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AL2547 - The Original SAHA Photograph Collection

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A service held in Soweto for Matola Raid victims. Uncertain whether raid of 1981 or 1983. On the podium signs with text "To gun down defenceless men women and children in their sleep is dastardly cowardice"

During the height of apartheid, security forces carried out a raid on ANC houses in Matola, Mozambique, where 16 South Africans and one Portuguese national were killed. Most of the victims were members of Umkhonto We Sizwe in 1981. In a SADF raid on Matola in 1983 at least 6 people died including 2 children and 26 people wounded.

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Photographer: © Unknown
Permission to use the photograph for publication has to be obtained from the photographer / AFRAPIX.

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