September 13, 1989: The Largest Anti-Apartheid March Occurs

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In South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu, a march from Parliament to St George’s cathedral included: Mayor Gordon Oliver, Allan Boesak, Sheik Nazeem Mohammed and Jakes Gerwal. This march was supported by 30,000 people of all ages and races. 

A one minute silence was held at the city hall for those killed in recent violence. To cries of ‘long live the mayor’ Gordon Oliver said ‘today Cape Town has won. Today we all have the freedom of the city’. 

This event had huge practical and symbolic significance and in the following days similar events were held elsewhere in the country.

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