SALO CALLS ON PRESIDENT ZUMA

H. E. President Zuma and Judith Todd

This March 2013 Judith Todd (SALO Board Member), accompanied by SALO staff members, was invited to call on H. E. President Jacob Zuma.

SALO with H. E. President Zuma

Memories of events in the fight against apartheid had recently been refreshed in the heart-felt tributes paid by many, including President Zuma, to struggle heroine Phyllis Naidoo.

 Whilst exiled in Harare Comrade Phyllis had introduced Zuma to Todd.

Following the 1984 Nkomati Accord, a non-aggression treaty forced on Mozambique by the apartheid regime, Zuma, then head of ANC intelligence, had to move from Maputo to Lusaka.

In succeeding years, when passing through Zimbabwe, Zuma would sometimes stay with Todd and Phyllis Naidoo who were among many who provided safe houses to freedom fighters in the Frontline States, at great risk to themselves.

In their 45 minutes together SALO’s representatives thanked President Zuma for his exhaustive efforts in building peace in Africa.  The President reciprocated by wishing SALO well in its mutually supportive work of building international consensus.

Photo: From left to right: Francisca Mdleleni (SALO Operations Manager), H. E. President Jacob Zuma, Judith Todd (SALO Board Member), and  Fuad Abrahams (SALO driver and photographer)

“Zimbabwe: two days after the Referendum; and a tribute to the late Phyllis Naidoo with special reference to her time in exile in Zimbabwe.” – 18th March 2013

Bishop Rubin Philip

Bishop Rubin Philip, Dean of the Province of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa and Chairperson of the SALO Board with Francisca Mdleleni (SALO Operations Manager) welcoming everyone to the event.

Sukhthi Naidoo

Sukhthi Naidoo, daughter of the late ANC veteran Phyllis Naidoo, who died in Durban  in February 2013. (seen in the slide show to the right).

 Albie Sachs

Albie Sachs, leading anti-apartheid activist who lost an arm to a car bomb while in exile in Mozambique. He was a judge in the Constitutional Court of South Africa after 1994. Here he speaks about his memories of Phyllis Naidoo.

Ebrahim Ebrahim

Ebrahim Ebrahim, SA Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and a Member of the African National Congress National Executive Committee.  He described the devotion with which the late Phyllis Naidoo took care of him when he was a political prisoner under apartheid, and on his release.

Judith Todd

Judith Todd (SALO Board Member) speaks of how she and Phyllis were among many who provided safe houses to ANC freedom fighters in the Frontline States.

Professor Brian Raftopoulos

Professor Brian Raftopoulos, (SALO Board Member and Research Director, Solidarity Peace Trust) discusses the situation in Zimbabwe just two days after the Referendum.

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