In the late 1960’s a man named Ronnie Kasrils recruited a number of young people from the UK to travel to conduct covert missions in Apartheid South Africa. Posing as tourists, they smuggled in banned literature and pamphlets, distributing them in public places to deliver the message that the African National Congress was alive and well. The stories of those recruited will be featured in the forthcoming documentary ‘London Recruits’.
Recorded at a live event in April in 2017, Greg interviews three of the recruits (Ron Bell, Tom Bell & Mary Chamberlain) on the experience of going “undercover” in South Africa, how they were recruited in the first place and how they went about distributing the ANC’s message.
To find out more about the upcoming film and to watch the trailer, visit www.londonrecruits.com. The book behind the film – ‘London Recruits: Secret war against Apartheid’ – is available to buy online and in stores.
Politics, As Usual is a Global Partners Governance podcast hosted by Greg Power and produced by Joe Power. The music used in the series is ‘Ikeja Roads’ by Tony Allen which is available on iTunes.