How an equal rights activist went from sharing a cell with Nelson Mandela to a life in Tynemouth

Zola Zembe who shared a cell with Nelson Mandela with his wife Joyce and friends and family at Priory cafe, Tynemouth

Zola Zembe who shared a cell with Nelson Mandela with his wife Joyce and friends and family at Priory cafe, Tynemouth (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

His desire for change saw him share a cell with the late, great Nelson Mandela.

Zola Zembe was a trade union organiser in South Africa, calling for equal rights for black workers as a member of the African National Congress (ANC), when he was imprisoned without charge for a year alongside the future President. Read Tim Stickings’ article here 

TWAFA Comment:  This would seem a very appropriate  award to honour the work and sacrifice of Zola Zembe – and the memory of Martin Luther King.

(c) TWAFA November 2017