By Irene Galatas
Life and Accomplishments
How Lilian Ngoyi Impacted the Anti-Apartheid Movement
Diary Entry - June 5, 1972
"African students protesting" - June 5, 1972
I am hoping with confidence that before I die, I will [see] change in this country, as it is now the students [who] are busy protesting against apartheid.My Dearest Belinda,
How wonderful once more to read one from you. Thanks very much.
Yes our friend Peter has written me a very nice letter June & enclosed my parcel as well. I'm very happy you got the two long letters. I thought you would say this is no good, but it is factual my Dear. If I was telling you verbally of my experiences you would laugh & cry. Life has been tough, but I think I was lucky to go abroad, & see for myself the struggles in other countries which were bloody, but still men & women looked forward for their victory. I'm also hoping with confidence that before I die I will change in this country. As it is now the students are putting protests against Apartheid African students against Bantu Education, Bus Drivers against lower Salaries, there is no peace & some 400 Bus drivers in jail, white students also some bitten by Police & are in Jail. Every thing seems to be very wrong. Months are becoming shorter to bring Nov nearer me. I ask myself this question. Will my banning order be lifted or will it be forgotten?" since 1961. I have lived it with it. Maybe it will be renewed. If so God give me the Courage not to weaken. How do you find married life? I hope you will not be a nagging wife, but discuss your problems at the right place, right time. My warmest greetings to your Husband. I only hope you will not give up writing to me. Your letters are of great comfort & gives me courage to face day to day problems. This year, I think my soul is bit tired it's a very small garden, & has never rested, as when it is in bloom gives me very much and keeps me busy with the weeding. Greetings to Professor & our other friends. One day I'll come there to see you, & speak verbally to you all. Thanks once more for all.