"...no one can blame brave just men for seeking justice by the use of violent methods; nor could they be blamed if they tried to create an organized force in order to ultimately establish peace and racial harmony." -Chief Alber Luthuli: Statement on the sentencing of the Rivonia Trialists, 12 June 1964...
Nestled in the suburb of Rivonia, Liliesleaf became a place of refuge for leaders of the South African liberation struggle. It was where ANC leaders like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, and Denis Goldberg strategized and dialogued under a common goal of equality and justice for all people. Liliesleaf was "ground zero" of the South African resistance movement until July 11, 1963 with a dramatic police raid. Extensive evidence was uncovered that detailed the overthrow of the South African government and it was this evidence that sentenced leaders like Nelson Mandela to life terms at Robben Island. This landmark is one of South Africa's most prominent historical and educational. Definitely spend time absorbing the history. The video that you can watch in the "garage" is powerful so don't miss it.
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Beautiful historic spot
This farm was home to the newly created military arm of the ANC. Its raid in 1963 led to the arrest of many ANC leaders and ultimately life prison sentences. Although Nelson Mandela was not captured in the raid, the evidence garnered there lead to his imprisonment at Robben Island. The trust responsible for this historic site has done a great job of presenting the historical facts and context in a very pleasant setting.
October 8, evening: Speaker Session and Opening Reception at Liliesleaf Farm
For our opening night, the historic Liliesleaf Farm, former headquarters of the ANC and safe house to Nelson Mandela, will be our venue for an impressive dinner reception on the grounds. Preceding that, Denis Goldberg, one of the ANC members arrested during the infamous raid on the farm, will give a fascinating talk on his personal experience at Liliesleaf. The evening will also feature musical performances and a special dinner menu created and presented by one of South Africa’s leading chefs.