This title uncovers some of the exile history of the ANC and SWAPO that both organisations would prefer not to remember. Here is a first-hand account of the ANC's Quatro prison camp and of the mutiny in Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in Angola in 1984; articles on the SWAPO 'spy drama' of the 1970s and 1980s; an analysis of a death in exile with implications relating to Jacob Zuma; and a study of the responses of both the ANC and SWAPO to these episodes of intolerance, repression and excess. In all his essays, Trewelha analyses problems of the liberation struggles with a former insider's knowledge and a journalist's ability to ferret out the facts.
Paul Trewhela is a long-time South African activist who worked in underground journalism with Ruth First and edited the underground journal "MK, Freedom Fighter" during the Rivonia Trial. He was a political prisoner in Pretoria and the Johannesburg Fort for being a member of the Communist Party from 1964 to 1967. Since becoming an exile in England, he has been the coeditor of "Searchlight South Africa" and publishes on South African politics.