Heritage Day | Some heritage sites face closure

As South Africa celebrates Heritage Day, some of the country’s prominent heritage sites facing closure are in the spotlight. These include the famous Mandela House in Soweto and Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. These establishments could shut their doors for various reasons, including a lack of finance. eNCA’s Mpho Lakaje brings us this Heritage Day special. Courtesy #DStv403

From a distance, it’s just another building in the north of Johannesburg but at close range, one discovers, this is among the key places used to hatch the plan that led to the death of apartheid.

Liliesleaf is the underground nerve centre for ANC and SACP activists, in the early 1960s.

But on 11 July 1963, everything changed, when apartheid security forces raided the farm in Rivonia, following a tip-off.

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Crucial documents were seized and politicians like Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela were later tried and sentenced to life in prison.

In democratic South Africa, Liliesleaf became an iconic historical site, visited by at least 1,400 people, every month but now it’s shutting its doors because money has dried up.

eNCA’s Mpho Lakaje brings us this Heritage Day special in the video above.


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