BOOK: Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter by Ebrahim Ebrahim
Ebrahim Ebrahim was a founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe and played a central role in the sabotage campaign of the 1960s. Convicted for this, he spent 15 years on Robben Island. After his release in 1979 he went into exile, but returned secretly to South Africa in 1985. He was abducted from Swaziland in 1986 by apartheid agents, charged with treason and sentenced to 20 years. He was released in 1991. After 1994, he travelled the world, working on conflict resolution. He died in 2021, as his autobiography, Beyond Fear: Reflections of a Freedom Fighter (Jacana), neared completion. In this excerpt from the book, he recounts his interrogation by the security police in Durban in 1961.