Half Day Liliesleaf Liberation Tour
Visit Liliesleaf Farm, the site responsible for breaking the resounding political “silence” of the 1960’s.
Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC and the Congress Alliance This insightful and interactive tour honours South Africa’s remarkable heritage and the impressive trajectory of South Africa’s social-political past.
Liliesleaf is uniquely connected with the Rivonia trial – which came to represent the essence of the liberation struggle and focused world attention on South Africa.
The media surrounding the trial and the harsh sentencing of the accused catapulted the atrocities of South Africa onto the international stage. The trialists became international icons of a struggle against an oppressive regime.
In addition, Liliesleaf Farm is acknowledged to be the birth place of MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation). MK was the military wing of the ANC, and the farm was the nerve centre from which the MK leadership planned the struggle for liberation and justice.
It was at Liliesleaf farm where the high command met to plan Operation Mayibuye – the plan to overthrow the apartheid regime. The outhouse buildings on Liliesleaf housed the printing presses which were producing freedom literature; And it was from the brick structure that the inhabitants of the farm broadcast the first test of radio freedom using the lightening conductor as an Arial transmitter.