Catalyst for more marches
The Purple March instigated a string of popular marches around the country. Here is a list of the events that followed it and the number of supporters involved.
- 2 000 march in Grahamstown (Cape Times September 15, 1989)
- Thousands join Joburg march (Ibid, September 19,1989)
- Thousands march in Oudtshoorn, Durban (Ibid, September 23,1989)
- 30 000 march in East London (Ibid, September 28, 1989)
- 7 500 walk peacefully in Kimberley protest (Ibid, September 29, 1989)
- 20 000 march in East Cape (Ibid, September 30, 1989)
- 50 000 march near Bloemfontein (Ibid, October 2, 1989)
- Uitenhage march biggest in SA history (Ibid, October 12, 1989)
- Smuts, D. and Westcott, S. (eds.), The Purple Shall Govern: A South African A-Z of Non-Violent Action, Oxford University Press and the Center for Intergroup Studies, Cape Town, 1991, pp. 82-85
"Why are they taking over our city? This is our city."
The Purple Shall Govern
The Purple March
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IN THE CLASSROOM
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