South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Roseberry Sonto interviewed by David Bailey
2007 Cape Town, South Africa.


At that time, I was the president of the Cape Youth Congress as preparations of the UDF were made. [5:18]

Sonto describes being involved in the launch of the United Demoractic Front in 1983, as a youth leaders. Many organizations came together under this umbrella.

Mzunani Roseberry Sonto grew up in the reserves on the outskirts of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. In 1969, as a high school student he was the first chairperson of the Moltino African Cultural Youth Association. In the early 1980s, now living in Cape Town, Sonto became president of the Cape Youth Congress, and he helped mobilize support among the youth for the United Democratic Front. He worked closely with the ANC, although it still was an illegal organization. He was part of the delegation that met with Nelson Mandela the day before his release. Santo is now a member of Parliament.

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