United Democratic Front

Steps towards forming the UDF began in the late 1970s, and moved forward when Allan Boesak called for a ‘united front’ of ‘churches, civic associations, trade unions, student organisations, and sports bodies’ to fight oppression.... read more.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the United Democratic Front, SAHO is pleased to share this updated feature on the history of the UDF, as well as some rare, historic footage shot on 20 August 1983

  1. Rev. Frank Chikane (20.08.83). Was shot at the national UDF launch event in Mitchells Plain. Here, Chikane outlines the necessity for a united front against the Apartheid government. watch
  2. Dr. Allan Boesak (20.08.83). Boesak speaks at the UDF West Coast launch. Spoken in Afrikaans.

The footage is supplied courtesy of the Community Video Education Trust (cvet.org.za). During the 1980s video activists from CVET recorded Struggle events throughout the Western Cape, often at great risk to themselves.