Walter Sisulu Square, Johannesburg

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Walter Sisulu Square, formally known as the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, is located in the heart of Kliptown in Soweto, South Africa.
This location was the site where, on 26 June 1955, the Congress of the People, met to draw up the Freedom Charter, an alternative vision to the repressive policies of the apartheid state. The document emphasised a non-racial society, liberty and individual rights. The Freedom Charter remains the cornerstone of African National Congress policy to this day and is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa's 1996 constitution.

The square has now been declared as a national heritage site. In June 2005, former President Thabo Mbeki lit a flame of freedom in Kliptown to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. It is named after Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu, a political activist during the apartheid era who was a member of African National Congress and served as Secretary-General and Deputy President of the organisation. He was released from prison in 1989.

The square's features include an open-air museum that explains how the Freedom Charter was written as a collaborative effort by thousands of South Africans of all races. The conical brick tower at the centre of the square is a monument to the document itself and contains the full principles of the Charter engraved in bronze.

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  • This is the site where the Freedom Charter was signed so whilst the square is a bit rundown it is an important historical place with great significance for the townships.  more »
  • Visiting the place where the South African Freedom Charter was written carries an important sense of the hope in its writing and the promises not yet fulfilled.  more »
  • For some few years now Christ Embassy Zonal Church have always held her Reach Out South Africa ROSA at this venue. An opportunity to reach out to the unsaved, unchurched and those that require a new level in Christ. A time to celebrate the Heritage Day of South Africa and the only way we know best to celebrate is by reaching out with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are saved to save other. I will encourage you that the reason you don't leave the world the day you are saved is only to reach out to more souls to get them saved. Please let's preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ today. That is the power of God unto righteousness. God bless you.
  • Nice venue for events, except NO TOILET PAPER and dirty bathrooms.. also NO air-conditioning which makes this place very unpleasant in summer

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