Today, 34 years ago, Afrikaans poet & novelist Breyten Breytenbach was released from prison

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After serving a prison term of nine years under the terrorism act, well-known anti-apartheid and Afrikaner writer Breyten Breytenbach was released on 2 December 1982.

Breytenbach was sentenced under the Terrorism Act and charged with attempting to open a white wing branch of the African National Congress (ANC), Okhela or Atlas .

He was released after immense international intervention and asserted pressure on the South Africa’s apartheid government.

Shortly, after his release from prison Breytenbach left South Africa to live in France.

Source: South African History Online

Compiled by Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News