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Thursday, February 20, 2020


(Harold Strachan. Photo by Chris Ballantine)

Chris Ballantine LG Joel Professor of Music Emeritus, and Fellow, of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, reported the sad news of the death of Harold Strachan – early South African political prisoner, long-term apartheid-era house-arestee

“…One of our finest artists, more recently a distinguished novelist and satirist, famed and peerless raconteur, much-loved friend since the 1970s – has died in Durban at the age of 94. These are some photos that I took of Harold, over lunch, when he was an utterly extraordinary 93-year-old, his mind and memory as sharp as ever, his political acumen undimmed, his improvised satirical commentary still rapier like and still aimed at the political elite who have let us all so badly down. He was truly one of a kind,” says Ballantine.

Wikipedia records state: Robert Harold Lundie "Jock" Strachan (December 1, 1925 – February 7, 2020) was a white South African writer and anti-apartheid activist. He flew for the South African Air Force during the Second World War, trained as an artist, then became Umkhonto we Sizwe's first explosives expert. He was imprisoned for sabotage, and after his release served another sentence for telling a journalist about poor prison conditions. He wrote two semi-autobiographical books, and completed the Comrades Marathon twice, winning a medal once.