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In 1961, a Coloured journalist, Joseph Louw, and Pamela Beira, a White woman, were arrested under the Immorality Amendment Act of 1950, which banned sex between "Europeans" and Black people (African, Coloured or Indian). Beira fled the country before standing trial. (1/6)
On 24 February 1962, Louw was found guilty and sentenced to 6 months in jail. After his release, he left South Africa for Tanzania. Shortly afterward he was awarded a scholarship to the USA. He graduated from Columbia University in 1967. (2/6)
On 4 April 1968, Louw was on the road in Memphis with Dr Martin Luther King Jr. for a public television documentary he was working on. He was resting 3 rooms away from MLK’s motel room when a loud noise jolted him. He rushed outside to find Dr. King’s body on the balcony. (3/6)
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The story of Goedverwacht (near Piketberg) begins with an enslaved woman, Maniesa, originally from Bengal, India. She was held in slavery by Hendrik Schalk Burger. Burger was a widower whose children had abandoned him in his old age.

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Before the emancipation of slaves in 1838, Burger asked Maniesa and her children to stay on the farm to look after him until his death. He bequeathed the farm to Maniesa and her children. With his death, his own children contested the will. (2/4)
They were unsuccessful, even after appealing to the Queen's Council in Great Britain. Maniesa and her children became the owners of the farm. In 1888, Maniesa's last child – christened Christiana by the Moravian Missionary Society – died. (3/4)
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Autshumao (AKA Herri die Strandloper [beachcomber]) was a Khoe chief. Around 1630, he agreed to accompany a visiting ship to Bantam in Java where he learnt much about Europeans, including their languages, such as English and Dutch. (1/10)
On 6 April 1652, Jan van Riebeeck was received at the Cape by the Autshumao and his people. In the 8 months after van Riebeeck’s arrival, he built a fort on top of Autshumao’s settlement. (2/10)
This was van Riebeeck’s view of his hosts, recorded in his diary on 13 May 1656: “It won’t do to say they are merely wild savages… For the more they are known, the more impertinent they are found to be…” (3/10)
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Dulcie September was assassinated on 29 March 1998 in Paris. She was born in 1935 in Maitland. She attended Athlone High School and completed her Teacher's Diploma at the Wesley Training School in Salt River in 1955. #AColouredTapestry (1/6) Image
Together with Neville Alexander, Fikile Bam, Marcus Solomon, and others, she formed a study group known as the Yu Chi Chan Club. Yu Chi Chan Club was disbanded at the end of 1962, to be replaced by the National Liberation Front (NLF). (2/6)
In 1963, Dulcie was arrested and detained without trial. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment, during which time she endured severe physical and psychological abuse. (3/6)
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Zwarte Maria Evert was the first owner of the farm that later became Camps Bay. She was born at the Cape in 1663. Her parents arrived at the Cape in 1658 as part of a group of 220 enslaved people taken from what is now Benin. (1/6)

Her father was given his freedom in 1659; the first male slave to be freed. He bought her and her mother’s freedom in 1671. He had been granted a plot of land, where he lived and ran a garden. (2/6)
Maria sold the produce from the garden for her father. Later, she learnt how to make deals and how one could acquire land, and became the owner of several farms in the Cape. (3/6)
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The South African Council on Sports (SACOS) was founded on 17 March 1973. It fought for non-racial sport under the leadership of Hassan Howa and lobbied for apartheid South Africa's expulsion from international sport. (1/5) Image
Hassan Howa was born in 1922 in Cape Town to a Christian Coloured mother and a Muslim Indian father. He matriculated from Trafalgar High School. He was an amateur cricketer and was a founder of the SA Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC). (2/5)

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In 1968, South Africa refused to host a British cricket team that included Basil D'Oliveira. Through SACBOC, Hassan galvanized the support of organizations internationally to ensure that the Springboks were banned from international cricket. (3/5) Image
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Peter Clarke was a visual artist, writer and poet. His career spanned more than 6 decades and his work was exhibited and honoured on 6 continents. Peter passed away on 13 April 2014 in Ocean View. (1/5)
Peter was born on 2 June 1929 in Simon’s Town. His mother was a domestic worker; his father was a dockyard worker. Though they didn’t earn much, his parents supplied him with pencils, crayons and paper on which to practise his art. (2/5)
In 1944, after a year at Livingstone High School, he started working as a dock worker. In 1956, Peter gave up his job at the dockyard. He held his first solo exhibition in the newsroom of the newspaper The Golden City Post, in 1957. (3/5)
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David Stuurman was a Khoi chief who fought against Dutch and British colonial rule between 1799 and 1819. He is the only person to have successfully escaped from Robben Island on two occasions. (1/7)

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He resisted colonial rule as indigenous people were dispossessed of their land and forced to work on farms. He also opposed the conscription of the Khoi into militias that were created to defend the colony and to attack San and amaXhosa. (2/7) Image
In 1809, David was arrested, charged and sent to Robben Island. He was among the first political prisoners on the island. By December 1809, David and a few others were the first to successfully escape from the island. (3/7)
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Anna De Koningh formed part of the first group of 14 slaves at the Cape. She is the only slave from that period of whom there is a portrait in existence. She was set free on 13 April 1666, when her owner returned to Batavia. #AColouredTapestry
On 10 September 1678, she married Oloff Bergh. After he was convicted for corruption, they were banished to Robben Island and later to Ceylon. They returned to the Cape in 1695. Oloff rebuilt his reputation and became a wealthy person.
In 1712, Simon vd Stell, the Governor of the Cape, died and his estate was sold. Oloff bought Groot Constantia. With his death in 1724, Anna became owner of Groot Constantia until her death in 1734. She had 11 children and several South Africans can trace their roots back to her.
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