South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

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


"They put us on death row closest to the gallows. They weren't going to hang me; they wanted me to listen to the hangings..." [2:25]

Renfrew Christie, imprisoned from 1979 to 1986 for providing information to the ANC to conduct sabotage, describes his imprisonment

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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