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Luthuli: Why he got passport

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In recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods, Luthuli was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1961.  In his acceptance speech he said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”

The Apartheid Government heavily criticised the award and, through red tape and bureaucracy, threatened to prevent Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya from travelling to Norway to receive the prize by refusing to announce whether they would be granted passports. Eventually the Government agreed to issue short-term passports for the Luthulis, which was likely the result of international and popular pressure. In this report the government's reason for granting Luthuli a passport is explained as being so that Luthuli could collect prize money in person, thus sparing Government involvement in this.

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  • Object Name: Newspaper
  • Object ID: LutMus2010.02.127
  • Creator: Rand Daily Mail
  • Date: 04-Nov-61
  • Description: Luthuli: Why he got passport. Report on government's explanation that Luthuli granted passport to travel so that he could collect prize money in person, thus sparing government's involvement in this
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert; De Klerk, Senator Jan
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Laura Gibson currently manages the digitisation and collections management project at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal.

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