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March against the Soccer World Cup, 2010

Theme: World Cup 2010


Call Number: B11.3.26
Identifier: AL3290_B11.3.26
Title: March against the Soccer World Cup, 2010
Date: June 2010
Subject: Anti-Privatisation Forum - APF;
Soccer;
Soccer City;
Soccer World Cup;
Sport
Description: This is a digital born photograph of Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) activists at the march against the Soccer World Cup in the run up to the World Cup hosted in South Africa in June 2010. By the time this mega-showpiece took place the South African government had spent almost R35 billion of public monies on hosting the event, most of which went towards building/renovating stadiums and roads. At the same time the various city authorities removed hundreds of homeless people and banned informal seller/hawkers from making a living in and around the various stadia. The APF, alongside a few other social movements, community organisations and hawkers associations conducted a series of educational and protest events around the World Cup in the months before it started; doing so in a generally difficult environment due to the popularity of soccer and the massive nationalist/patriotic propaganda emanating from the ANC and government. Subsequently, the APF along with the Johannesburg Hawkers Association organised a march on ‘Soccer City’ (the main World Cup stadium in Johannesburg) for the opening day. However, the police and city authorities refused ‘permission’ and conducted a virulent crackdown on the day of the march, resulting in far fewer marchers and with the march having to take place several kilometres away from the stadium. Included in SAHA virtual exhibition - 'Transition's Child: The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)'
Creator: Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)
Type: Photograph
Format: Access image - jpeg
Source: SAHA collection AL3290
Coverage: South Africa
Rights: Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)
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