n English in Africa - "But he didn't know how to read it ..." : The editing of Harold Strachan's .

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Born in 1925, Harold 'Jock' Strachan is one of the most remarkable, albeit little known, figures, in recent South African history. Founder member of the Liberal Party, member of the Congress of Democrats, Umkhonto we Sizwe's first explosive's expert, artist and Comrades Marathon gold medallist, Strachan is best remembered for two typically courageous actions. During the 1960 Emergency, shortly after the shootings at Sharpeville, Strachan and his wife, Maggie von Lier, took a stand outside the Durban prison in front of 500 black protestors who had streamed out of Cato Manor demanding the release of their leaders, thereby effectively preventing the police from opening fire on the crowd.

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