Kurt Karl - Gunrunner
We are thrilled to announce the discovery of a new London Recruit who only came to our notice in December 2022. Recruited in London, he hails from Oregon, USA. He secured a job working for the Swaziland government in Mbabane from where, over a number of years, he smuggled weapons, five times from Swaziland into South Africa and, on one occasion, to Lesotho.
Kurt only recently decided to break his silence. Read his story here:
We are sad to announce that London Recruit June Stephen died on 5 August 2022. She had been bedridden at her home in Oxford for many years but was taken into hospital with Covid and this was apparently the last straw. June (from New York) and her Scottish husband Michael Stephen (deceased 1999) spent eight years from 1977-1985 working with the ANC in countries across southern Africa. They worked closely with Ronnie Kasrils, Albie Sachs, Bobby Pillay, Rae and Ivan Pillay, Peter Smith, Ebrahim Ismael Ebrahim and Daniel Ahern amongst others, in the struggle against apartheid.
Dr Snuki Zikalala, President of the ANC Veterans’ league, has sent the following message to June’s daughter Monica - Click here.
BBC World Service - Witness History, The Leaflet Bomber
London Recruit Bob Newland was interviewed on the BBC World Service and it was broadcast on 29 July 2022. The broadcast lasts only 9 minutes, although Bob says that the interview lasted much longer than that.
NEU London Recruits Teachers Pack
The National Education Union has produced a London Recruits teachers' pack for teachers to use in schools. This fits in neatly with the current demand for reform of the curriculum to take account of the true history of the British Empire and its role in promoting racism. You can download it here:
Pete Smith sent us this tribute to the outstanding struggle veteran Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, who died on 6 December 2021.
It was a great honour to work with him in Swaziland during late 1985 and early 1986, sharing two safe houses with him. I will never forget arriving home from teaching to find him studying Kim Il-sung. Ebie had a clear understanding of Marxism in helping me to further understand the struggle of his people and was an outstanding internationalist. I am not surprised that he initiated the joint statement in solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn having had the whip withdrawn by Sir Keir Starmer.
The story of Ramila Patel, Bolton raised trade union and anti-racist activist who was recruited to work undercover for the African National Congress in South Africa in the 1980s.
I am sad to report the death, on 3 September, of Marie-José Moumbaris. She was 70 and died of a stroke in her home in Normandy. She was one of the African National Congress’s “London Recruits” and campaigned for a better world until her death. Read here
Steve Marsling on Teaching with ACTSA
It is with sadness that we have to report that our comrade John O'Malley has died. To read John's story, see here.
You can also read John O'Malley's obituary in the Guardian
Report of SA visit - Ken Keable
The South African Communist Party, at its congress in Boksburg, has today (14 July 2017) honoured the London Recruits with its Special Recognition Award. Ken Keable went to the congress, as a guest, to accept the award on behalf of all the Recruits and was introduced by Ronnie Kasrils. Here is the text of his speech.
Comrade chair, distinguished guests, comrades!
I am very proud to receive this award on behalf of all the London Recruits. It is a great honour for us all.
I am pleased to be accompanied on this platform by two other Recruits: comrade Ian Beddowes, who worked undercover in three of the frontline states and now lives in Johannesburg where he works on the staff of the SACP; and comrade Bob Newland, who set off leaflet bombs in Johannesburg in 1971 and spent eight dangerous weeks in South Africa in 1972, preparing for the arrival of a detachment of MK fighters by sea in a ship which, unfortunately, had to abort the mission because of engine trouble.
London Recruits trailer from London Recruits.
The report below came from an edition of The African Communist in 1981. It refers to leaflet bombs placed by London Recruits Will Gee and 'Simon'.