Phyllis Naidoo interviewed by David Wiley
May 6, 2006 Durban, South Africa.
"There was a special branch [police] fellow ... who told the kids, 'Go into that house and tell us what's going on.'" [4:23]
Phyllis Naidoo describes the difficulties of bringing up three children in a flat [apartment] under a banning order and house arrest for ten years.
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Phyllis Naidoo was born in 1928 in Estcourt, in Natal. While in high school, she became active in the Friends of the Sick Association, taking care of people with tuberculosis. This led her to understand that that apartheid meant many Africans lived in poverty. She studied at the non-European section of the University of Natal and sold the New Age newspaper. She became active in both the Natal Indian Congress and the South African Communist Party and organized support for people accused in the Treason Trial. Naidoo became a lawyer and served as counsel in many political trials. In 1966, she was banned for ten years; she fled into exile in 1977. While in Lesotho, Naidoo joined the ANC and received a parcel bomb from which she sustained several injuries. After living for some time in Zimbabwe, Naidoo returned to South Africa in 1990.