Alexandra Bus Boycott: A moment in SA History

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - JANUARY 7, 2015

Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Alexandra Bus Boycott's introduction when commuters, protesting a one-pence rise in the sales of bus tickets, opted to walk to work alongside the cry of “Azikhwelwa” (“We will not ride”).

The price increase by the Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) sparked a fire of discontent amongst residents of Alexandra – to the extent that the Alexandra People’s Transport Committee (APTAC) called for the complete boycotting of the busses.

Protests soon spread to other areas in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria before even branching out to areas such as Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and East London. The boycott eventually ended three months later after the decision was taken to return the price to its original four-pence fare.

 

Image courtesy of: www.sahistory.org.za