Liliesleaf Farm is considered to be one of the top visitor attractions in Johannesburg. The complex is filled with fascinating facts about the farm’s history as a secret headquarters for African National Congress activists. Located in northern Johannesburg, the farm served as the base of operations for the underground Communist Party members until the police raided the farm in 1963. The documents seized during the raid led to the famous Rivonia Trial which resulted in the life imprisonment of several political figures, including Nelson Mandela.
An important role in South African historyThe banned Communist Party of South Africa bought the innocuous-looking Liliesleaf Farm in order to establish a secret place to plan the group's campaigns against the apartheid regime. Led by Mandela, the farm was a safe house for a number of political fugitives before 19 members were captured in a police raid in 1963. In fact, Mandela worked on the farm in disguise under the assumed name of David Motsamayi.
Today, the property is a considered a place of historical importance. Since its renovation, the farm has reopened to the public as a museum and conference center. The farm’s Resource Centre and Liberation Centre contain a library with hours of taped footage detailing the struggle for liberation, providing an inspirational historical account to visitors interested in South Africa's past.