We honour all of the courageous women who protested against the introduction of the Apartheid pass laws for black women.
Bertha Gxowa volunteered to be in of the first groups of Defiance campaigners who went into Krugersdorp without permits. She got arrested for this and spent ten days in prison after refusing to pay a fine.
Signing up to join the ANCYL during the anti-Bantu education campaign strengthened her involvement in politics. Her involvement then quickly shifted to focus on women's issues, which then led to her becoming the founder of the Federation of South African women (FEDSAW).
Between 1956 and 1958, Mama Bertha was defendant in the Treason Trial, and in 1960 she was banned under the Suppression of Communism Act.
She started a women's social club that was invited to participate in voter education during 1994 election campaign. Bertha became a Member of Parliament, serving two terms and remained actively involved with the ANCWL.
Within the ANCWL Bertha respectively rose to the position of national treasurer and chairperson of the Gauteng Province. ... See MoreSee Less