London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid

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The history of the antiapartheid movement brings up images of boycotts and public campaigns in the UK, but another story went on behind the scenes, in secret. This is the story of the foreign volunteers and their activities in South Africa, how they acted in defiance of the apartheid government and its police on the instructions of the African National Congress (ANC). From the transportation of weapons to the passage of ANC fighters into South Africa, this account describes the many risks taken by the ...

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Overview

The history of the antiapartheid movement brings up images of boycotts and public campaigns in the UK, but another story went on behind the scenes, in secret. This is the story of the foreign volunteers and their activities in South Africa, how they acted in defiance of the apartheid government and its police on the instructions of the African National Congress (ANC). From the transportation of weapons to the passage of ANC fighters into South Africa, this account describes the many risks taken by the volunteers—many of whom were young communists, Trotskyists, or independent socialists who traveled from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United States—to join the cause.  

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"It's a story [of] idealism and internationalism well worth remembering. And that spirit is alive today also, as Kasrils, Tutu and other anti-Apartheid veterans, having achiev[ed] their own country's liberation, now work with unstinting dedication in the cause of Palestinian freedom." —www.CounterPunch.org

"Schechter was 25 then, and attending the London School of Economics. He flew from 'swinging London' to apartheid Pretoria, his assignment to make mail drops to anti-apartheid activists and set off harmless 'poster bombs' at prearranged times to demonstrate the ANC remained a political force despite that country's harsh repression. Schechter's recollection, entitled 'The Day I Joined the Revolution' – which includes a poem he wrote at the time – is one of 37 revealing, firsthand accounts offered by people with similar assignments in London Recruits."  —www.BuffaloNews.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850366556
  • Publisher: Merlin Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Keable is a former antiapartheid foreign volunteer. Z. Pallo Jordan is the former minister of arts and culture of the Republic of South Africa and a former member of the research unit of the African National Congress. He was also elected to be a member of parliament in the National Assembly of South Africa and is the former minister of environmental affairs and tourism. Ronnie Kasrils is the author of Unlikely Secret Agent and the former minister for intelligence services. He is also a former member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress as well as a former member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Z. Pallo Jordan ix

Introduction Ronnie Kasrils 1

Timeline 21

Exploding Buckets Ken Keable 25

Memories of Ronnie Kasrils at LSE John Rose Martin Tomkinson Danny Schechter 41

Sarah Griffith and Ted Parker 67

'Nella Derrick' and John Rose 79

George Paizis and Costa Paizis 85

Mike Milotte 93

Katherine Levine 104

Seán Edwards 115

Roger O'Hara 116

Alex Moumbaris and Marie-José Moumbaris 122

Daniel Ahem 132

Bill McCaig 147

Bob Newland 154

George Bridges 167

Bob Allen 174

Pete Smith 177

'Alice McCarthy' 199

Eddie Adams 207

Eddie Adams with John Simpkins 211

Tom Bell 215

Ron Bell 233

Gordon Hutchins (on mission with Bob Condon) 240

Norman Lucas 243

Graeme Whyte 249

Denis Walshe 266

Steve Marsling 273

Sean Hosey 278

Mary Chamberlain 286

Roger Allingham 287

Stuart Round 298

Lucia Raadschelders 311

Appendix 1 Other names 322

Appendix 2 Letter posted by Ken Keable in Johannesburg in April 1968 325

Appendix 3 Material provided by 'James' 329

Appendix 4 Sources of further information 339

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