Walter Sisulu

South African anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress (1912-2003)

Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu (18 May 1912 – 5 May 2003) was a South African activist and politician. He fought against apartheid. Sisulu was the Secretary-General of the African National Congress from 1949 to 1954. Over the next 10 years he was put in prison seven times.

Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu
Sisulu wedding with mandela and lembede.JPG
Deputy President of the African National Congress
In office
July, 1991 – 1994
Preceded byNelson Mandela
Succeeded byThabo Mbeki
Secretary-General of the African National Congress
In office
1949–1954
Preceded byJames Arthur Calata
Succeeded byOliver Tambo
Personal details
Born(1912-05-18)18 May 1912
Engcobo, Transkei (now Eastern Cape), South Africa
Died5 May 2003(2003-05-05) (aged 90)
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Albertina Sisulu
Children

He was one of many people, including Nelson Mandela to be found guilty of treason during trials between 1956 and 1961. He was sent to prison for 6 years because of this. While free on bail, he went into hiding. He was found in 1963 and put on trial again. In 1964, he as sent to prison for the rest of his life. He was released from prison in 1989.

In 1991, he became the Deputy-President of the African National Congress. He held the position from July 1991 to 1994. Sisulu died from Parkinson's disease on 5 May 2003, aged 90.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Obituary: Walter Sisulu - BBC News obituary, dated Monday, 5 May 2003

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