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Sabotaging Apartheid: A Jacobin interview with “Red” Ronnie Kasrils


Ronnie Kasrils is the author of The Unlikely Secret Agent, an account of his wife Eleanor’s work as a clandestine agent for the underground ANC. Here, he talks with Jacobin‘s Marcus Barnett about his own work as a revolutionary, and the future of South Africa’s left:

MB: What sort of environment that you were brought up in? What were the sources of your political development?

RK: I was brought up in Yeoville, a bustling suburb in Johannesburg. It was somewhat Brooklyn-esque, a mix of Jewish, Italian, and Portuguese immigrants. There were also British and Afrikaner working class people, but around 40 percent of the population were Jewish immigrant families….”

Read the interview in Jacobin

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