Eddie Daniels interviewed by Ruendree Govinder
May 27, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.
"At the quarry, we worked with a pick and shovel, and then we would discuss history among ourselves." [4:40]
Eddie Daniels describes the changes in work conditions on Robben Island during the 15 years he was a prisoner there.
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Eddie Daniels, who was classified as Coloured, was born in District Six in Cape Town and worked on a whaling vessel and in the mines in Namibia. He joined the Liberal Party because it was a nonracial and anti-government organization. He joined the African Resistance Movement (ARM), which began sabotage actions a little before the African National Congress’ UmKhonto we Sizwe armed wing. Daniels was found guilty of sabotage and was imprisoned on Robben Island for 15 years. He joined the African National Congress after he was released from prison. He has written about his imprisonment in There and Back: Robben Island 1964-1979.