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Paul Joseph


Delegate to the 1953 World Festival of Youth in Bucharest, member of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress, trade unionist, SACTU member, banned political activist and 1956 Treason trialist

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596 Mafa Street<br>reigerpark<br>boksburg

An active member of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress in the early 1950s and a delegate to the 1953 World Festival of Youth in Bucharest. Born in 1930, he was a factory worker and trade unionist. He was banned in 1954 and, from December 1956 until late 1958, was a defendant in the Treason Trial. He left South Africa in the 1960s and now lives in Britain. 
He was an executive member of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress from 1952 to 1956 and an executive member of the South African Communist Party. He was a member of the Congress of the People Credentials Committee in 1954 and represented the South African Congress of Trade Unions at the World Federation of Trade Unions Congress in Vienna and a delegate to the 4th World Festival of Youth, August 1953. 

• From Protest To Challenge, Political Profiles Volume 4, P45

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

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