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Liliesleaf was the site responsible for breaking the resounding political silence of the 1960s and represents a beacon on the landscape of national and international memory. A farm of 28-acres, Liliesleaf had been purchased in 1961 by the South African Communist Party as a meeting place for the Politburo. Liliesleaf, 12 miles from the Johannesburg city centre, was purchased because it was in a secluded and isolated area of Rivonia at that time.

In 1960 South Africa was in the grip of an overwhelmingly oppressive apartheid regime and on 21 March 1960, a peaceful protest against apartheid laws resulted in the Security Police killing 67 unarmed demonstrators and injuring over 180. This was The Sharpeville Massacre, and many of those killed and injured were women and children. There was an immediate uproar amongst the oppressed and the following week saw demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots around the country. The Communist Party (in 1950) and the African National Congress (in 1960) had been banned and were forced to go underground. The events of Sharpeville were seminal within themselves as they forced the ANC to move away from passive resistance to armed struggle. The purchase of Liliesleaf coincided with the ANCs shift to armed struggle.

It was on 11 July 1963 that members of the Security Police raided the farm after an anonymous tip-off that Walter Sisulu was in hiding at Liliesleaf. The leadership that assembled had done so with the intention that this would be their last gathering at Liliesleaf and that after discussion about Operation Mayibuye, ironically translated as "The Return", they would relocate. The consequences of the raid were disastrous to the internal struggle and the liberation movement. The raid on Liliesleaf led to the arrest of a number of key leaders of the High Command, stalling the momentum of the liberation struggle in the process. The arrests and subsequent trial however, catapulted South Africa's prevailing socio-political conditions into the international spotlight.

Liliesleaf aims to bring the events that took place in Rivonia over 45 years ago into South Africas current socio-political context by allowing the original infrastructures to recreate the living and working environment at the time of the raid. The restoration process was a collaborative effort between archaeological findings, oral recollections and archival and historical research to document the history of the liberation struggle for current and future generations.

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The Roosters Nest BnB
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 14 in 8 units
From R 390
Per person, per night sharing
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The Roosters Nest BnB

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenferness

Greater Johannesburg

0 Km from Liliesleaf

Welcome to The Roosters Nest BnB, a family owned and -run guesthouse which is set in beautiful tranquil country surroundings, and boasts a beautiful lush garden with lots of old, big trees which offer a restful country feel.

The Paddocks
Sleeps 7 in 2 units
From R 860
Per person, per night sharing
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The Paddocks

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Johannesburg

Greater Johannesburg

0 Km from Liliesleaf

Set in the tranquility of the enclosed & secured equestrian estate of Beaulieu, Midrand, is 'The Paddocks'. An up-market, two bedroom, self-catering cottage at affordable prices. Peace and tranquility as well as magnificent views...

Hoopoe Haven Guest House
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 46 in 12 units
From R 500
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 6 adults max
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Hoopoe Haven Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Chartwell

Greater Johannesburg

0 Km from Liliesleaf

Hoopoe Haven Guest House offers secure, affordable three star Bed and Breakfast and AA highly recommended self-catering cottages and luxury tented camps near Fourways.

The Oasis Boutique Hotel
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 28 in 14 units
From R 1300
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
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The Oasis Boutique Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Rivonia

0.8 Km from Liliesleaf

The Oasis Boutique Hotel (owned by Grayham and Anita Beazley) offers travellers the opportunity to relax and unwind in safety and style. The Oasis Signature Hotel visitors 11 luxurious rooms in which to relax and unwind. Located near ...

The Syrene Boutique Hotel
Sleeps 10 in 5 units
From R 1550
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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The Syrene Boutique Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Rivonia

1.2 Km from Liliesleaf

The Syrene is a friendly, professionally run four star boutique hotel featuring the luxury of business class travel. As the name suggests our guests will experience a quiet, private and tranquil setting offering best in class accommodation and personalize

Rivonia Premier Lodge
Graded:
Sleeps 100 in 50 units
From R 720
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Rivonia Premier Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rivonia

1.4 Km from Liliesleaf

Rivonia Premier Lodge is strategically located in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, with easy access to major highways. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with a large rambling garden. Guests can relax on the pool deck and enjoy a swim...

Grosvenor Inn
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Sleeps 24 in 11 units
From R 400
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Grosvenor Inn

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bryanston

4.1 Km from Liliesleaf

The bedrooms are spacious, beautifully furnished and each has a bathroom en-suite, DStv, under-floor heating, fans and easy access to tea/coffee facilities. The restaurant offers and excellent quality of home cooked meals. Full English breakfast ...

Acacia House Executive Suite
Sleeps 3 in 1 unit
From R 750
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 max (2 adults)
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Acacia House Executive Suite

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Kelvin

5.5 Km from Liliesleaf

Acacia House Executive Suite is an exclusive private suite, comprising accommodation for a single business professional or a couple. Situated in Kelvin, a peaceful boomed suburb of Sandton, Acacia House is close to Sandton...

Littlefields Luxury Self Catering Suite
Sleeps 5 in 1 unit
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 5 adults max
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Littlefields Luxury Self Catering Suite

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Randburg

7.6 Km from Liliesleaf

Modern Luxury Self Catering Suite in Olivedale (Non Smoking) with:Separate Entrance. Smoking Section Outside Secure High Wall with Safe Parking. In Safe Boomed off Area. Marble and wooden floors. Combined Lounge Kitchen with Full DSTV (including ..

Willow Rock Guest House
Sleeps 6 in 3 units
From R 450
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Willow Rock Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Randburg

10.3 Km from Liliesleaf

Nestled in the heart of Northern Johannesburg in the tree lined suburb of Fontainebleau you will find the enchanted Guest House "Willow Rock". This bed and breakfast is located just 8 km from Sandton City Mall and 9.7 km from Montecasino, Willow Rock Gues

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