A South African journalist in apartheid South Africa


John Matisonn is a South African journalist who  grew up in the suburbs in Johannesburg. In 1979 he was sentenced to jail for refusing to reveal his news sources.

Matisonn describes life as a journalist in apartheid South Africa as well as his meetings with some of the key South African personalities of that period. He met with several South African Prime leaders including John Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk who eventually oversaw the end of white majority rule. Also included are details of several meetings Matisonn had with Nelson Mandela the first black President of South Africa.

We also hear about Soviet training for African National Congress leaders and the South African nuclear weapons programme.

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