The Afrikaans struggle


Some random history: The Guardian yesterday published a short obituary of Bruce King, the British anti-apartheid campaigner–and also “an eminent geomorphologist (a scholar of landscapes) and a pioneer in the science of remote sensing.” Hamba Kahle Bruce King. The obituary, among others, makes reference to his marriage to his South African wife, Jamela Adams. It describes their wedding in “a Muslim ceremony in Cape Town” in 1964 in defiance of the Mixed Marriages Act. The couple left for England (presumably to have another ceremony there), and was then predictably refused entry back into South Africa. They then moved to Tanzania. But there’s this tidbit about their time in Tanzania: “Jamela broadcast in Afrikaans for the ANC radio station transmitting to South Africa.” I want to know more about that story.

* BTW, for those who don’t know anything about Radio Freedom, here’s a snippet, here it gets sampled and there’s also a full album dedicated to it (the image above is from that album cover).

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6 thoughts on “The Afrikaans struggle

  1. @Sean: Do you know if Radio Freedom developed Afrikaans language broadcasts to target the Coloured population? Did Jamela’s classification as Coloured and her fluency in Afrikaans have any bearing on her being chosen to make these broadcasts? Did Radio Freedom have the same resonance/relevance in the Coloured community that it had in the black/African community??

  2. Radio Freedom had programming aimed at coloured and indian people (and for that matter anyone else engaged in the Struggle). For example, during the Apartheid government’s efforts to promote tricameral parliament in the 1980s, Radio Freedom put on dramatic skits to educate listeners (particularly coloured and Indian listeners) on the dangers of these “reform” initiative seeking to fracture multiracial opposition.

    • @jonneke: Thanks. Would you by any chance have any links or other info about those programs aimed at Coloureds and Indians?

  3. @ekapa YES! I’m working on uploading a file asap (Slow internet…). I don’t think Radio Freedom and/or ANC would mind the technicality of copy right violation 🙂

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