Today, 34 years ago, Ruth First is assassinated in Mozambique

Ruth First. Photo: SA History Online

Ruth First, journalist, academic, anti-apartheid activist as well as a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), was brutally killed by a letter bomb in Maputo, Mozambique, sent by South African government agents.

First had left South Africa for the second time with her husband, SACP leader Joe Slovo, during the height of anti-apartheid campaigns.

At the time of her death, First was a lecturer at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo.

Her funeral in Maputo was attended by presidents, members of parliament and representatives from 34 countries.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) granted amnesty to Craig Williamson and Roger Raven, two men responsible for Ruth First’s assassination.

Source: South African History Online

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