n Law, Democracy & Development - The state of our democracy : forum
|Article Title||The state of our democracy : forum|
|© Publisher:||University of the Western Cape|
|Journal||Law, Democracy & Development|
|Author||Emeritus Desmond Tutu|
|Publication Date||Nov 2008|
I was honoured to be numbered among the many friends of dear Dullah Omar and his remarkable wife, Farieda. I first met them soon after becoming General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978. The Council among several of its programmes had one called Dependants' Conference (DC), referring to the dependants of political prisoners, detainees and banned persons. The Council supported them in various ways with scholarships for their children and helping to transport and support them when they came to visit their loved ones in the maximum security prisons of our land, most often this being Robben Island. The SACC helped with train or airfares, transporting people between Cowley House where they stayed and the Robben Island ferry.
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