The Secret War Against Apartheid
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Date(s) - Thu 10 September
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Bristol Records Office




Ken Keable, editor of London Recruits – the secret war against apartheid
will be talking about that book and his own role in the story, and Pete
Smith, who worked secretly for the ANC over many years, will be talking
about ANC and South African Communist Party member and scientist Dr Ron
Press, who lived much of his life in Bristol. Many Bristol political
activists will remember Ron Press for his publicly known work but few will
know of the secret work that he did as an exiled South African scientist.
Pete Smith came to Bristol to receive training from Ron Press in the use of
some of the amazing devices that Ron invented for ANC work and met Ron in
Africa whilst on clandestine work there for the ANC. In 1970, Ken and Pete
set off leaflet bombs and street broadcast devices partly invented and
designed by Ron Press. The leaflet bombs (harmless to people) were tested in
Bristol and in the Somerset countryside. They were often set off in five
South African cities simultaneously, planted by white, non-South African
people mainly recruited in Britain.

Starts at 5.30pm in the Bristol Records Office and will finish by 6.50pm.
Admission free.

This talk is organised by Dr Robert Skinner, History Dept, University of
Bristol, in conjunction with Bristol Records Office and it coincides with
the Forward to Freedom exhibition of the archives of the Anti-Apartheid
Movement, running until 16th October.