South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Full Interview

Lettie Malindi, Ruth Noel Robb, Eulalie Stott, Barbara Versfeld interviewed by Ruendree Govinder
May 23, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.


A group interview with four women who were active with the Black Sash. Eulalie Scott became politically active after World War II, joining the Women’s Defense of the Constitution League (which became the Black Sash). She was national president of the Black Sash for two years. A member of the Liberal Party, she later served on the Cape Town City Council and its housing committee. (Wearing blue and white striped dress.) Barbara Versfeld worked in the Cape Town Advice Office for eleven years, beginning in 1965. (Wearing striped shawl.) Ruth Noel Robb was a member of the International Defence and Aid Fund as well as a member of the Black Sash who worked in the Advice Office. (Wearing light blue sweater.) Lettie Malindi worked as an interpreter in the Advice Office for 28 years, starting when the Atholone branch of the ANC asked for people to assist. She volunteering five days a week for one year before the Black Sash began to pay her. She was charged under the Riotous Assemblies Act for leading a protest against the pass laws, but was acquitted. She spent five months in detention in Bindon Prison Farm. (Wearing maroon coat.)


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