South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Renfrew Christie interviewed by Ruendree Govender
May 27, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.


"You don't come out of seven months in solitary confinement and feel you're even remotely sane or even a normal human being." [2:35]

Renfrew Christie, arrested in 1978 under the Terrorism Act, talks about his being held in solitary confinement and the torture other political prisoners endured.

Born in Johannesburg 1949, Renfrew Christie was active in the National Union of South African Students while at Witwatersrand University and was full-time Deputy President of NUSAS in 1971-72. Christie was arrested under the Terrorism Act in 1979 and spent seven months in solitary confinement. He was sentenced in 1980 and spent seven years in prison for supplying the African National Congress with information about the government’s nuclear weapons program, on Escom, on Koeberg, and on Sasol. Christie is now Dean of Research at the University of the Western Cape.

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