Shell House (Johannesburg)

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Shell House
General information
Address51 Plein St
Town or cityJohannesburg
CountrySouth Africa
Coordinates26°11′57″S 28°02′47″E / 26.19920°S 28.04641°E / -26.19920; 28.04641Coordinates: 26°11′57″S 28°02′47″E / 26.19920°S 28.04641°E / -26.19920; 28.04641

Shell House is the former head office of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa. It is a 22 floor building located at 51 Plein Street, Johannesburg. It was the scene of the Shell House massacre on 28 March 1994, when ANC security guards opened fire on a crowd of about 20,000 supporters of the rival Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), killing nineteen people.[1] The ANC relocated its head office from Shell House to Luthuli House in 1997.


  1. ^ "Police say IFP negligence led to massacre". Dispatch Online. 16 October 1997. p. 2. Archived from the original on 17 February 2005.