The life and times of uMkhonto we Sizwe's first Indian member, Amin Cajee, has been documented in a book written by journalist, Terry Bell.
702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to the author and journalist and to Cajee, known as the 'Fordsburg Fighter', about this uniquely South African story and how it helps understand our past.
Listen to the conversation below:
The idea was simply to be trained and return home to liberate the people of South Africa, with the possibility of the training being in one of the African countries.— Amin Cajee, former Mkhonto We Sizwe figher
There was opposition to a great extent, I was deprived of education because the Group Areas Act, which forced me to travel long distances for it.— Amin Cajee, former Mkhonto We Sizwe fighter
Cajee's involvement in uMkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress, began as a teenager. He travelled to Dar Es Salaam, Kampala, Juba, London, Nairobi and Luxemburg through the years.
They spoke about the disunity that existed within the movement, such as tribalism and divisions based on nationalist identities.
There were so many problems, so many frictions. People were frustrated and depressed. I left because I decided I couldn't understand why we left the country to fight in South Africa.— Amin Cajee, former Mkhonto We SIzwe fighter
The leadership at that stage had tensions between the Xhosa speakers and the Zulu speakers.— Terry Bell, journalist
The movement until 1976 relied on support from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. The Communist Party therefore exerted much more control.— Terry Bell, journalist