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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 It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Shaik, Yunus

Shaik was born in Kliptown, Johannesburg. He studied law at Durban/Westville University. His family were all politically conscious and in the 1980s he became involved in activities with the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) He then went to Swaziland in 1978/79 where he made contact with the ANC and became part of the MJK Unit under the command of Ivan Pillay.

Shaik was detained in 1980 under the Terrorism Act and was sent to Modderfontein Prison, where he received a broad ANC education from other prisoners. He was detained again in 1985, along with his brother Mo.

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