On 26th June 1952, Dr Moroka, the president of the A.N.C called for the defiance campaign. This campaign was indented to fight six specific apartheid laws and these were:
- Separate representation of voters Act.
- Suppression of communism Act
- The Bantu authority’s Act
- Stock limitation Act.
- The group area Act and
- The pass laws
THE COURSE OF THE DEFIANCE CAMPAIGN.
On 8th April 1952 Africans from all parts of the country gathered and prayed for freedom while the whites were celebrating the landing of the Dutch at the Cape.
A group of 25 confident and determined Africans wearing the banners of A.N.C marched through the Europeans only entrance at the rail station shouting ‘Mayibuye Africa’ meaning let Africa return.
Another group of 52 men including Sisulu moved into a location without permits required for legal entrance into the Bantu areas.
In the very night, the A.N.C held a meeting in Johannesburg up to eleven o’clock past the curf time, Africans, matched the in streets defying the laws.
In the days that followed, other Africans of all walks of live joined and defied the pass laws and other apartheid regulations