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Samuel Masabalala

Samuel Masabalala - referred to as Masabela by Schreiner - was a black political and labour leader in South Africa, and prominent in the Cape Provincial Native Congress. In 1920 he led a series of municipal workers’ strikes at Port Elizabeth and was imprisoned as a result. When a group of black protestors gathered to demand his release, twenty-four of them were killed by the police and by white civilians. Schreiner described this killing as a “sort of Amritzar” in a November 1920 letter to Cronwright-Schreiner, and in the same month she explained to Betty Molteno, “We are collecting money for Mas-abela’s defense. The poor natives!”
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