Mabel Balfour

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Political activist and Trade unionist (1950s)

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Together with women like Mary Moodley, Frances Baard, Rita Ndzanga and many others, they fought against the triple oppression of South African women. They were oppressed as blacks, as workers and as a gender. When it comes to retrenchments women were the first to be fired yet the last to be hired. Mabel was one of the women who took it upon themselves to brief workers on the strategies of the workers\' struggles. While SACTU was not banned, its leaders were crippled by restrictions, detained, arrested, banished to remote areas as well as murdered.

Last updated : 23-Apr-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011