Apartheid Museum

Faith in action: The campaign for sanctions

When Desmond Tutu was appointed as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978, it was more representative of South Africans than parliament – its member churches had more than 12 million adherents, while parliament represented only four million whites.

Motivated by a compassion for those who suffered, Tutu came to office determined to use the churches’ resources to fight for the oppressed. His first target was forced removals and his weapon of choice was peaceful – economic sanctions aimed at destroying apartheid.

The Campaign For Sanctions
(Image: Top: © Gallo Images/Business Day/Robert Botha. Bottom: © Gallo Images via Getty Images/Rand Daily Mail/Noel Watson )

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