Congress of the People
By Madisyn Simpson
The Congress of the People was very significant during the time of apartheid, due to it creating the Freedom Charter. This charter wrote out the rights of citizens, and declared the equality of all people. This charter aimed to abolish the differences between ethnicities, sex, and religion, in hopes of abolishing the apartheid system. The COP created this document, which had a huge political impact on South Africa. Also, without the COP, many anti-apartheid groups would not have been able to create an alliance, due to the COP acting as a unifying body for such groups. Lastly, the COP is significant due to the amount of political disruption it caused. The COP increased the support for the anti-apartheid cause and weakened the enemy all together. The COP was a huge supporter for non-violent protests and organized many anti-apartheid events. The anti-apartheid movement would not have been nearly as successful without the help of the COP.