South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

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


"Very often, the first visit was prompted by the arrest of a family member in terms of the pass laws or the disappearance of somebody." [1:19]

Diana Oliver, a member of the Black Sash, describes the purpose of the Advice Office in Cape Town, one of many operated since 1958 by the Black Sash throughout South Africa which assisted approximately 40,000 people per year.

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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