I have not been saying much  due to spending a lot of time in preparing the reissue of my prison memoir Inside Apartheid’s Prison, due to be republished by Jacana Media in May.  It has required a lot of work because the manuscript that I am working on from the original publisher, a Word document, does not correspond precisely with what is in the published book, which appeared in 2001.  In order to ‘reprint’ it, these discrepancies need to be found and corrected and that has taken a lot of time.


The book will have a new introduction or afterword. It has not yet been decided where it will be placed.  In this essay, I look back at the character of my involvement in the struggle –what it meant to decide to throw one’s lot in with the oppressed in the fullest sense of the word and be ready to bear the consequences. In joining the struggle, I linked myself to the ANC and SACP, which I saw as embodying the struggle of the oppressed.  The same reasons that I had for joining the struggle- seeking an ‘authentic’ way of contributing towards freedom in South Africa- were my reasons for breaking with the ANC/SACP over 10 years ago, at the time of the Zuma rape trial.  I discuss these and other matters, in the introduction/afterword.




  1. Dear Professor Suttner
    My name is Terry McDonald and I am the Law Librarian at Trinity College Dublin. I have been going through the papers of my predecessor in this post – Elizabeth Gleeson – and found a very poignant letter from Prof Kader Asmal to Liz, asking for her help in tracking down some law books for you. The letter is dated February 1988 and Prof. Asmal says of you “He is a strong man but the only way he can retain his sanity is by completing his Ph.D on national liberation”.

    I was wondering if you would like me to sent you a copy of the letter, along with a copy of another letter form Peter Harris, of the firm Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom in South Africa, asking for Prof. Asmal’s help?

    My contact details are here – . Please feel free to get in touch.

    With kind regards

    • Dear Terry McDonald. Thank you for taking the trouble to get in touch. I would be interested to see the letters, thank you. I will go to the website and get your contact details. Regards Raymond Suttner

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