Today in History: The Rand Rebellion


On the 9th of January 1922, just four-years after the end of the First World War,  a general strike by over 20 000 white miners and workers officially started along the Witwatersrand in what would become known as the Rand Rebellion.

This was in response to the mines’ employers ensuring the lifting of what was then known as the “colour bar”, subsequently introducing black labour into the mining industry.

Later into the strike, the rebellion would be met with an iron fist when then Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, called for military intervention, resulting in many being killed or injured.

In the aftermath, many white miners lost their jobs while, of those arrested, some were hung after being found guilty of treason.


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