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EXCERPT | Ronnie Kasrils: Landing guerrillas by the sea

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Cover for 'International Brigade against apartheid' (Supplied)
Cover for 'International Brigade against apartheid' (Supplied)

In the 1970's,  Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) secured a second-hand ship to assist in the ANC's armed-wing's battle against apartheid. In this excerpt below published in 'International Brigade against apartheid', Ronnie Kasrils details what happened to the ship. The book, published by Jacana and edited by Kasrils tells the story of internationalists who secretly worked for MK. They acted as couriers, provided safe houses in the neighbouring states and within South Africa, helped infiltrate combatants across borders, and smuggled tonnes of weapons into the country in the most creative of ways. Driven by a spirit of international solidarity, they were prepared to take huge risks and face danger which dogged them at every turn.

One of the most astonishing episodes in MK’s history, utilising internationalists as a ship’s crew, and as a reception party on a remote Transkei beach, where a group of 25 MK combatants would come ashore, was the 1971 Aventura episode.

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