The Sharpeville Massacre and its effect on Mandela
In 1960, 69 unarmed apartheid protestors were shot dead by the police in Sharpeville township. Nelson Mandela speaks from hiding about how he and others had become frustrated by the peaceful approach of the ANC, which was banned immediately after the massacre.
Sharpeville became one of the catalysts for the ANC’s change to a more violent strategy as the struggle against apartheid progressed.
Available since: Sat 11 Aug 2012
History biography page about Nelson Mandela