Liberation Heritage Route
South Africa

Liberation Heritage Route South Africa


The National Heritage Council's (NHC) vision is to build a nation that is proud of its heritage. Part of that heritage is South Africa's story of liberation. As a result, the NHC and its partners have initiated a number of projects which endeavour to acknowledge and preserve this story of liberation. One such project is the Liberation Heritage Route project.

The Liberation Heritage Route project aims to identify, research and develop a series of liberation sites with localised, provincial and national significance. The sites will form a route that presents evidence of a common narrative, memory and experience associated with the story of liberation, for emancipation against multiple expressive forms of oppression in South Africa.

The NHC have developed this website to not only showcase the proposed Liberation Heritage Route, but to provide a platform where everyone with a story can contribute to it. If you would like to submit a story or suggest a site for inclusion in the route, please send an email.

The NHC would like to thank you for your interest in helping to grow this important legacy project.

Latest Sites

  • The Midlands war

    After the strike and killings of COSATU members in Mphophomeni in 1986, local areas in and around Pietermaritzburg became increasingly polarised. The tribal areas surrounding Pietermaritzburg had been strongly Inkatha-supporting, governed by Inkatha-supporting amaKhosi and indunas.

  • Destruction of the Gandhi settlement, Phoenix

    In August 1985, the settlement established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904 at Phoenix, outside Durban, was destroyed by fire and looting in violent clashes between Indians and Zulu nationalists. Gandhi’s house – known as Sarvodaya

  • The Attack on David Gasa

    Victoria Mxenge’s funeral was held in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, on 12 August 1985. A few days later, David Gasa’s home was attacked and burnt. A mass funeral for the