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The town destroyed to make way for a whites-only suburb

Apartheid South Africa forced the expulsion of Sophiatown residents on 9 February 1955. Sophiatown was a multi-racial Johannesburg suburb. Sophiatown was demolished, and 65,000 people were “removed”. Triomf, a white-only neighborhood, was created.

Elizabeth Nobathane, a young child at the time, shares her memories of the night soldiers arrived in Meadowlands to move her family 13 miles from Johannesburg.

Witness History: Stories from the past told by those who lived them.


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