Things To Do in RivoniaVisit Liliesleaf in Rivonia
Where? 7 George Avenue, Rivonia, 2128, Johannesburg, South Africa
When? Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 17h00.
Saturdays and Sundays from 09h00 to 16h00.
How? Call +27 (0)11 803-7882
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Liliesleaf is an interactive and historical experience situated in the leafy suburb of Rivonia.
The Liliesleaf farm was key to the political and military policies and strategies of the ANC during Apartheid. Numerous debates and meetings were held and some of South Africa's most prominent leaders of the struggle against Apartheid found shelter here - these included Goven Mbeki, Joe Slovo, Ruth First, Harold Wolpe, Denis Goldber and Nelson Mandela.
The last meeting held at Liliesleaf was on 11 July 1963 and the intention was to discuss Operation Mayibute (the plan to overthrow the Apartheid government). This was an increidbly secret meeting and only a handful of key players knew about it. On this afternoon the thatched cottage (where the meetings were held) was raided and a number of senior members were arrested.
This raid was critical as so many of the ANC's senior leaders were aprehended and it was a major blow to the liberation struggle. The trial that followed these raids (Rivonia Treason Trial) was significant in South African History.
Open to the public since 2008 this is one experience not to be missed as it is an interactive exhibition and tribute to the prominent political leaders who assembled on this land and stood up to Apartheid.