South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Full Interview

Diana Oliver and Maria MacDiarmid (Mary) Burton interviewed by Ruendree Govinder
May 23, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.


Mary Burton, born in Argentina, moved to South Africa in 1961 when she married a South African. She became active in the Black Sash in 1965 and served as its national president from 1985 to 1990. Burton became a South African citizen in 1994 and, in 1995, was appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and served on its Human Rights Violations Committee.

Diana Oliver became a social worker so she could work with African people. She became active in the Black Sash in about 1980, when she left her full-time job to work in the Cape Town Advice Office.


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