The Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, will deliver this afternoon, October 05, 2022, a keynote speech at the launch of the Exhibition of Irish Solidarity with the Struggle against Apartheid in South Africa at Freedom Park, in Praetorship.
In its efforts to highlight the historical links between South Africa and Ireland, the Irish Embassy in South Africa curated an exhibition that focuses on Irish solidarity with the fight against apartheid South Africa.
Some of the notable campaigns, led by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement (IIAM) in their aims to end apartheid and show solidarity with the people of South Africa, include: The 1963 Playwrights’ Campaign: 25 Irish playwrights, including Samuel Beckett and Sean O.
‘Casey refused permission for their plays to be performed to segregated audiences in South Africa.
The 1969 sports boycott campaign against the Springbok rugby tour of Ireland brought the issue of apartheid firmly onto the political map of Ireland and culminated in one of the largest demonstrations.
on the streets of Dublin The first conference on links between the European Union and South Africa was held in Dublin in 1979.
Oliver Tambo, then president of the ANC, was the keynote speaker.
The conference led to the development of the Liaison Group of Anti-Apartheid Movements in Europe, which pressured the European Community to take a strong stand against apartheid.
Strikers at Dunnes Stores refused to handle South African goods between 1984 and 1987.
Due to their determination, the Irish Government banned the importation of South African fruit and vegetables Nelson Mandela’s visit to Ireland in 1990, when Nelson Mandela was greeted by thousands of people at the Mansion House and where he was to sign the roll of honor as a free man of Dublin – an honor conferred on him in 1988.