EXTRACT | When they came for me: The hidden diary of an apartheid prisoner

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Cover of 'When the came for me' (Supplied)
Cover of 'When the came for me' (Supplied)

In 1969, John Schlapobersky, who was a student at Wits at the time was arrested for opposing apartheid. He was tortured and placed in solitary confinement and eventually deported. 'When they came for me' is his memoir of what happened to him at that time and how he managed to survive the ordeal. In the extract below, Schlapobersky describes his interrogation. 

I was escorted up an imposing flight of stairs and into a big stone building. I was cold and trembling again but would not let them see my body’s panic. We turned past a series of offices and along a corridor that led to a large open space with small cell-like rooms leading off it. I assured myself that they had taken me out of prison because they had discovered their mistake. I told myself that I would be allowed to see a lawyer now and could answer their questions and then go home.

Support independent journalism
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Rand - Dollar
15.57
+1.0%
Rand - Pound
19.66
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
16.71
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.15
+0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.2%
Gold
1,853.66
0.0%
Silver
22.12
0.0%
Palladium
2,076.50
0.0%
Platinum
956.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
119.43
+1.7%
Top 40
63,883
+1.4%
All Share
70,486
+1.4%
Resource 10
76,948
+0.6%
Industrial 25
76,115
+1.3%
Financial 15
16,257
+2.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE