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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Naidoo, Tim

First wife of Mac Maharaj. She met him while he was a student at university in the mid-fifties. They were married in England in 1958, and divorced there in 1978.

At the time of their marriage she was a teacher, but when she went to England she took up nursing.

Tim is the sister of MD Naidoo who was on Robben Island with Mac for a few years.

She was arrested with Mac in Johannesburg in 1964 and spent several months in solitary confinement. Subsequently she was sent back to Natal where she found work as a nurse, visiting Mac on Robben Island whenever she could. She was constantly harassed by the security police and eventually decided to return to England. Mac joined her in 1977 after his release from prison. After the divorce she went to work in Tanzania.

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