The 60th anniversary of the South African Freedom Charter marked with a new stamp issue

July 9th, 2015

This year – 2015 – marks the 60th anniversary of the South African Freedom Charter. got to know that on this occasion the South African Post has released a special stamp to highlight the importance of this document. The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the 26th of June. Cyril Maphumulo created the artwork.

The Freedom Charter was adopted at the Congress of the People held in Kliptown, Johannesburg on 26 June 1955. During this campaign the ANC and its allies invited the whole of South Africa to record their demands so that they could be incorporated in a common document. The document would be accepted at the Congress of the People and would become the Freedom Charter. Thousands of people participated in the campaign and sent in their demands for the kind of South Africa they wished to live in. These demands found final expression in the Freedom Charter.

The Freedom Charter, which is in harmony with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations on 10 December 1948, was the statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance. The Alliance consisted of the African National Congress (ANC) and its allies – the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Coloured People's Congress.