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The history of The Anti-Apartheid Movement brings up images of boycotts and public campaigns in the UK, but another story went on behind the scenes, in secret. This is the story of the foreign volunteers, London Recruits, and their activities in South Africa, how they acted in defiance of the apartheid government and its police on the instructions of the African National Congress (ANC). From the transportation of weapons to the passage of ANC fighters into South Africa, this account describes the many risks taken by the volunteers - many of whom were young communists, Trotskyists, or independent socialists who travelled from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United States - to join the cause. Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and many others have attested to the enormous contribution these London Recruits made in the victory over Apartheid.
In 2012, London Recruit and Nelson Mandela Children's Fund supporter Ken Keable published his bookÂ on the subject, donating all royalties from the sales towards our work supporting vulnerable children in Southern Africa.
To find out more about the history of the London Recruits please click here