Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
14 Aug 2021
12:01 pm

Women tell of their traumatic experiences in ‘Surviving John Vorster Square’

Eric Naki

Stamping their presence in the trenches, the nine were an active part of fearless women leaders who put their lives on the line to stand up to an oppressive white regime.

John Vorster Square’s painful tales, tears

It has been the voices and experiences of men in the struggle, but now a group of women are telling how they survived traumatic John Vorster Square police detention. The experiences of nine women who were detained at the police station cells are captured in a documentary aptly titled: Surviving John Vorster Square. It was released under the auspices of the National Films and Video Foundation. The documentary is a two-year project (2019-2021) of the collective accounts of nine women with collective memories of incarceration to share as former inmates of John Vorster Square cells. It captured the stories of...