Roberta Writes – Groot Marico: Jacob Zuma arrest site #GrootMarico #Heritagesite

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During our recent trip to Groot Marico, I spotted this heritage site with a sign stating that Jacob Zuma had been arrested at this spot. I didn’t know about this, so I looked up the outline of the story.

Jacob Zuma was arrested, along with 50 other freedom fighters, in the small town of Groot Marico in 1963. He was 21 years old at the time. He and his comrades were on their way to Botswana to join the armed wing of the ANC, which was banned in South Africa, when they were intercepted by apartheid police. Zuma received a 12-year prison sentence and served ten years on Robben Island (alongside Nelson Mandela) before his release in 1973.

Recent history (Wikipedia): Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma served as the fourth president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018. He is also referred to by his initials JZ and his clan name Msholozi. A former anti-apartheid activist and member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, he was also the president of the African National Congress (ANC) between 2007 and 2017.

Below are my pictures of the Jacob Zuma arrest site, including the door.

55 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Groot Marico: Jacob Zuma arrest site #GrootMarico #Heritagesite

    1. That is correct, Wayne. I did find this heritage site interesting and was prompted to research its origin and history after taking the pictures. I shared limited information as I steer clear of politics of any sort on my blogs.


  1. Your country’s history in the regard is so recent. It’s history we have lived through and watched play out. As Annette mentioned, these events have also impacted other countries. Thanks for sharing this bit of your history with us.

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    1. Yes, it was young. Youngsters have very strong views at that age. I’m thinking of all the University students who are activists and protest against things they don’t like. We seem to become complacent as we get older. Maybe we are just to caught up in our immediate responsibilities with work and families.


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