South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Renfrew Christie
March 28, 2006 East Lansing, Michigan, United States.


"Suddenly his parishioners were disappearing; they weren't there anymore. He was a missionary in a 'black spot'." [2:25]

Renfrew Christie describes the forced removal of Africans from " black spots" where they lived well to distant lands with no resources, which Cosmas Desmond a Franciscan missionary, documented.

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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