Struggle veteran Hogan to kick-start Women’s Month talk   

Respected anti-apartheid struggle veteran, Barbara Hogan, will this Sunday 5 August, deliver a keynote address at a tribute event to commemorate Women's Month. 
This event will be held at the Women's Jail in Constitution Hill in Braamfontein.
Several activities are planned to take place across the country to commemorate anti-apartheid activists such as Albertina Sisulu, Lilian Ngoyi, Charlotte Maxeke, Rahima Moosa, Ruth Mompati and others. 
A representative of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Zenzile Mavuso, said Hogan would be delivering this speech where she was incarcerated after being charged with high treason. 
“She was charged after she participated in activities against the apartheid government. Hogan will reflect on her 10-year sentence and the programme will also include visits to the graves of Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa and Albertina Sisulu, whose centenary is being celebrated this year,” said Mavuso.
She said the tour would be attended by various activists and change agents in society. Mavuso said among those activists there would be Rita Ndzanga, Stephenie Kemp, Nompendulo Mkhatshwa, Sonia Booth and Catherine Constantinides.
According, Barbara Hogan joined a group of students who actively opposed apartheid government policies while she was a student at the University of Witwatersrand. She became involved in their campaigns and after completing her studies, Hogan worked as a researcher at the South African Institute of Race Relations.
Hogan (66) joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1977 after the Soweto students uprising and became involved in the party’s underground work. She played a crucial role in organising and mobilizing left-wing white people who were opposed to apartheid.
“She also participated in collecting information of trade union movement and community organisations. Hogan relayed this information to ANC contacts in Botswana, thus keeping the movement in exile abreast with groundwork developments in the country. Her activities in the ANC attracted the attention of the apartheid government spy network who worked stop her political activities.
“She survived an assassination attempt when government agents wrongly placed a bomb intended for her under another woman’s car. Hogan was arrested in 1981 and detained in solitary confinement for a year. While in detention, she was assaulted and tortured by security officers during interrogation,” states the website.  
The officers who assaulted Hogan were later charged with assault, while Hogan was charged with treason and other alternative charges under the Terrorism Act and the Internal Security Act. During the trial, Hogan admitted that she was a member of the ANC, but rejected the charge of treason.
Despite the state’s lack of evidence that she was involved in any violent activity which sought to overthrow the government, she was found guilty of treason and sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 1982. This made Hogan the first white woman to be charged and convicted of treason.
She was sent to serve her sentence at the Pretoria Central Prison. While in prison, Hogan - assisted by human right lawyers and international humanitarian organizations - fought against the rules of incarceration. Subsequently, she was allowed some books, food parcels and a few visits.
“Hogan then enrolled for further studies and obtained qualifications in Accounting and Economics while serving her sentence. As apartheid began to crumble and negotiations for the transition gathered momentum, Hogan was released in 1990 alongside other political prisoners.
“After her release, Hogan resumed her political activities and served as a member of ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) from 1990 to 1992. She also became involved in the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) talks that ushered in a democratic South Africa.”
Hogan became one of the leading figures in organizing the ANC in the Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Vereeniging (PWV) areas. This was a challenging period because of the political violence that overshadowed the area. She was subsequently elected regional secretary of the ANC in the PWV region.
In 1993, Hogan became head of Policy Development at the Development Bank of South Africa. After the first democratic elections, Hogan served in various capacities in the ANC-led government. She served as chairperson of the portfolio committee on Finance between 1999 and 2004, and she also became chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) and the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General.
Hogan also became a Member of Parliament for the ANC. She was appointed Minister of Health on 26 September 2008 and served in the portfolio until 10 May 2009. After that she was appointed Minster of Public Enterprises in May 2009 and served in the portfolio until she resigned in November 2010.
Outside government, Hogan served as a council member of the Robben Island Museum and was a member of the Amandla AIDS Fund established in 2003. She was married to the late Ahmed Kathrada, a member of the ANC who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial and served 18 years on Robben Island.