What would your placard read if you took part in the 1956 Women’s March?

Mapula Makgoba

POLOKWANE – A day which serves to commemorate as well as celebrate the role women played to fight for freedom and liberation, Women’s Day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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The march took place to petition against the country’s pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass.

Review took to the streets of Polokwane to speak to women and find out what they would have written on their individual placards if they were at the 1956 Women’s March.

Makoma Mahlangu’s would placard would read: “We are all equal, we are all human!”.

Mapula Makgoba said that she would write, “Womandla!” because the word is a symbol of unity and strength of women who are fighting for good health and prosperity among each other.

Montle Papo’s placard would read: “No! to segregation!’’.

Hlogi Gwangwa’s placard would read: “We are one!”

Sagwati Shilubane’s placard would read: “Stop racism! We are all equal above the law!”

Lehlogonolo Manyama’s placard would read: “Enough is enough, stop racism!”


Palesa Makgato’s placard would read: “No to apartheid, no to racism, enough is enough!”

Kamogelo Molepo’s placard would read: “Skin colour doesn’t define humanity!”

Tell us, what would your placard say?

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Thabitha Mahlangu
JOURNALIST (JUNIOR)

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