RIP Joe Slovo, who died 22 years ago today. Slovo was born in Obeliai, Lithuania to a Jewish family who emigrated to South Africa when he was eight. Between 1946 and 1950 he completed a law degree at Wits University and was a student activist. He was in the same class as Nelson Mandela and Harry Schwarz. In 1949 he married Ruth First, another prominent Jewish anti-apartheid activist and the daughter of SACP treasurer Julius First. Being Jewish and a Communist, Slovo was a demonised figure on the far right of Afrikaner society. After the elections of 1994 he became Minister for housing in Nelson Mandela's government, until his death in 1995. His funeral was attended by the entire high command of the ANC, and by most of the highest officials in the country, including both Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. 
In this photo Slovo appears on the left with Chris Hani (centre) & Joe Modise (right). All three were members of uMkhonto weSizwe. #southafrica #struggle #apartheid #history #southafricahistory #joe #slovo #anc #communism #reconciliation
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  • sa_historyRIP Joe Slovo, who died 22 years ago today. Slovo was born in Obeliai, Lithuania to a Jewish family who emigrated to South Africa when he was eight. Between 1946 and 1950 he completed a law degree at Wits University and was a student activist. He was in the same class as Nelson Mandela and Harry Schwarz. In 1949 he married Ruth First, another prominent Jewish anti-apartheid activist and the daughter of SACP treasurer Julius First. Being Jewish and a Communist, Slovo was a demonised figure on the far right of Afrikaner society. After the elections of 1994 he became Minister for housing in Nelson Mandela's government, until his death in 1995. His funeral was attended by the entire high command of the ANC, and by most of the highest officials in the country, including both Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
    In this photo Slovo appears on the left with Chris Hani (centre) & Joe Modise (right). All three were members of uMkhonto weSizwe. #southafrica #struggle #apartheid #history #southafricahistory #joe #slovo #anc #communism #reconciliation

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