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By Mark Israel

ISBN-10: 1349149233

ISBN-13: 9781349149230

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ISBN-13: 9781349149254

After 1948 many competitors of apartheid have been pressured out of South Africa. This available and readable account attracts upon interviews with a lot of these concerned to ascertain how these activists who got here to the uk built political organizations, social networks, ideologies and identities that supported their time in exile. It examines the Anti-Apartheid flow and the African nationwide Congress in exile and files the violent makes an attempt through the South African govt to manage exile task. ultimately, it investigates how exiles got here to phrases with the chance that they could return.

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A small number of South Africans left South Africa during this period. 3 As one of my interviewees who left at that time explained, political activists generally left in the late 1940s and 1950s not because they had to, but because, by and large, 'they'd bloody well had enough' (Ros Ainslie). They had had enough of the increasing segregation of social life. They had had enough of the restrictions on political activity. Finally, in some cases, they had had enough of fighting the regime. Nevertheless, many of those who left did not think that they State, Opposition and Exit 25 would be leaving for very long.

Turok, 1974a: 45) Attitudes to those who left changed during the 1960s .

I said 'If I don't return, look after the children', because that's what I expected then. However, they kept me there for about five hours interrogating me .. I was on the seventh floor. They sat me at a window with a low sill ... and during that time a lot of things went through my mind because they told me that I'm still going to be with them for a long, long time ... And as I sat at this window I was contemplating suicide, jumping out of this window. And as I was contemplating this, this guard stood up and he came and asked me if I knew an Indian chap in Johannesburg.

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