Saturday August 30th, 2014, 2:16 pm (EDT)

Ronnie Kasrils discusses Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now!

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From Democracy Now!:

As thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, we go to Johannesburg to speak with longtime anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils. A founder of the armed wing of the African National Congress, Kasrils worked closely with Mandela after first meeting him in 1962. Kasrils was a leading anti-apartheid underground activist, and on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1987 to 2007. He was also and a member of the central committee of the South African Communist party from December 1986 to 2007. Kasrils served as minister for intelligence in post-apartheid South Africa from 2004 to 2008. His late wife, Eleanor, was a Scottish South African anti-apartheid activist, whose story he recalled in his 2011 book, “The Unlikely Secret Agent.” His autobiography is “Armed and Dangerous: My Undercover Struggle Against Apartheid.”