MANDELA DAY
Iso loMgungundlovu
Mandela Bears Witness

Mandela’s visit, on 2 and 3 April 1990, was to see the destruction and suffering, and to give people hope. It was his first journey back to the area since his capture, on 5 August 1962, near Howick. Mandela had only left prison, after 27 years, on 11 February 1990. He wanted to understand what was happening. He travelled through Ashdown and Imbali and he met the people sheltering in the Welcome Church, in Edendale and he inspected the damage at the Mpophomeni Catholic Church. He gave a press conference in town, and spoke at rallies at the Edendale Lay Centre, in Slangspruit, and at the Mpophomeni and Wadley Stadiums.

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Mandela visits Edendale Road
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Mandela visits Lay Centre
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Catholic Church
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
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Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
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Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Ashdown
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Mandela visits Ashdown
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Mandela visits Mbali
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Mandela visits Mbali
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Welcome Church
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MANDELA DAY
Iso loMgungundlovu
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Mandela bears witness

Mandela’s visit, on 2 and 3 April 1990, was to see the destruction and suffering, and to give people hope. It was his first journey back to the area since his capture, on 5 August 1962, near Howick. Mandela had only left prison, after 27 years, on 11 February 1990. He wanted to understand what was happening. He travelled through Ashdown and Imbali and he met the people sheltering in the Welcome Church, in Edendale and he inspected the damage at the Mpophomeni Catholic Church. He gave a press conference in town, and spoke at rallies at the Edendale Lay Centre, in Slangspruit, and at the Mpophomeni and Wadley Stadiums.

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Struggle, displacement and death in the 1980s and early 1990s

Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas experienced a lot of violence and death in the struggle against apartheid. In the 1980s, UDF supporters and Inkatha supporters conflicted. Families and communities were torn apart because of the fighting and dying. On the 25 March 1990, the conflict known as The Seven Days War broke out. Some UDF supporters stoned buses on the Edendale Road carrying Inkatha supporters home from a rally. For revenge, and with the help of the police, Inkatha attacked Ashdown, Caluza, Mpumuza, Gezubuso, KwaShange, KwaMnyandu and Mphophomeni. Over 100 people were killed and about 20 000 people fled their homes. Many houses were destroyed.

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Mandela visits Edendale Road
Mandela visits Edendale Road
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Mandela visits Lay Centre
Mandela visits Lay Centre
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Catholic Church
Mandela visits Mpophomeni Catholic Church
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
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Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
Mandela visits Mpophomeni Stadium
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Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
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Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
Mandela visits press conference in Pietermaritzburg
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Slangspruit
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Ashdown
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Mandela visits Slangspruit
Mandela visits Ashdown
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Mandela visits Mbali
Mandela visits Mbali
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Mandela visits Mbali
Mandela visits Mbali
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
Mandela visits Wadley Stadium
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Mandela visits Welcome Church
Mandela visits Welcome Church
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Mandela visits Welcome Church
Mandela visits Welcome Church
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1989 Aron Mazel photographing


Aron Mazel

Exhibition Bio

In the 1980s and early 1990s, I worked as an archaeologist at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. At the time, people in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas were fighting hard against the forces of apartheid. Many people were killed and injured, and few pictures were being taken to show what was happening. As part of my own fight against apartheid, I photographed anti-apartheid events and injustices.

Some of my photographs were published in newspapers and magazines. Sometimes I left the museum during work hours to photograph political actions. One example was from early April 1990 when Nelson Mandela visited the area. He came to see the devastation caused by The Seven Days War and to give people hope.
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Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 15:30 
Saturdays - Closed 
Sundays - Closed

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R15.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 5.00 

School Learners on tour : R 2.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE