Allan Hendrickse, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Allan Hendrickse

South African politician

Date of Birth: 22-Oct-1927

Place of Birth: Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Date of Death: 16-Mar-2005

Profession: politician

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Allan Hendrickse

  • Helenard Joe Hendrickse (22 October 1927 – 16 March 2005), popularly known as Allan Hendrickse, was a South African politician, Congregationalist minister, and teacher.
  • He participated in an act of defiance by swimming at a South African beach reserved for Whites only.
  • He was born in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape and studied at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape; where he met key ANC figures Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and future President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe.
  • He married in 1957 and had four children.In 1969, he became one of the founders of the Labour Party, which represented Coloured people on the Coloured Peoples' Representative Council.
  • He helped open "Coloured" schools to students of all races.
  • After 1984, the Labour Party dominated the House of Representatives, one of the houses in South Africa's Tricameral Parliament, and Hendrickse served in P.
  • W.
  • Botha's Cabinet.
  • Hendrickse and Labour drew the ire of the United Democratic Front and African National Congress for this collaboration with apartheid; Hendrickse defended himself on the grounds that he would oppose apartheid from within.
  • His swim at a whites-only beach took place in 1987; on Botha's demand, Hendrickse later apologized for the swim.Hendrickse lost control of the House of Representatives in 1992 after losing a confidence vote to Labour members who had crossed the floor to the National Party, led by Jac Rabie, and independents.
  • Hendrickse led the remains of the Labour Party into the ANC in 1994.
  • He served as an ANC MP from that year until his retirement from politics in 1999. He was awarded the Order of the Baobab (Silver Class) in 2004.
  • A letter signed by President Thabo Mbeki and read at Hendrickse's funeral saluted him as a "freedom fighter and architect of democracy". Hendrickse died of a heart attack at Port Elizabeth Airport on 16 March 2005, aged 77.

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