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David Webster House
David Webster Memorial at his former residence
Plaque being unveiled on his house

The house was purchased in 1986 by Maggie Friedman, who moved into the house together with her partner David Webster in August of that year. On 1st May 1989, David Webster was gunned down in front of the house at 13 Eleanor Street by a shotgun fired from a passing car. He died on the pavement. The assassin was later revealed to be Ferdi Barnard of the apartheid regime’s Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB).

Quick Facts
  • JP Tile No.: 2
  • Building Age: circa 1904
  • Name of site: David Webster House
  • Stand no: Erf No.: 594 Troyeville
  • Street address: 13 Eleanor Street, Troyeville
  • District/Province/Region: Johannesburg / Gauteng
  • Ownership:
    • Previous Owner: Maggie Friedman
    • Present Owners: Veerle Dieltiens & Moloi
  • Site Type: Residential house
  • State of Conservation: The property is well-maintained and preserved.


Inscription

In 1999, ten years after the death of David Webster, Maggie Friedman and a group of David’s friends, put up a commemorative mosaic on the garden wall on the street side. The inscription reads:

DAVID WEBSTER 19 DEC. 1945 – 1 MAY 1989
ASSASSINATED HERE FOR HIS FIGHT AGAINST APARTHEID
LIVED FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP
Statement of Significance

The house is of political and historical significance because of its association with David Webster and because it marks the place of his assassination. His death came at a watershed time for the apartheid government. His activism, and the international outrage that followed the event, no doubt contributed in some measure to the subsequent political changes in the country.

During the 1980s the house was often a meeting place of activists as well as a ‘safe house’ for people who were trying to avoid the attention of the security police.

You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.


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