London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid (Paperback)

London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid By Ken Keable (Editor), Ronnie Kasrils (Introduction by), Z. Pallo Jordan (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Ken Keable (Editor), Ronnie Kasrils (Introduction by), Z. Pallo Jordan (Foreword by)
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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 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.  

About 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.

Praise For…

"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." —

"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."  —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780850366556
ISBN-10: 0850366550
Publisher: Merlin Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2012
Pages: 296
Language: English