Ein weiterer Nachruf auf Neville Alexander
Posted by entdinglichung - 29. August 2012
Neville Alexander (22 October 1936 – 27 August 2012) von Norman Traub auf International Viewpoint, nachfolgend ein Auszug:
„He was radicalised by contact with a teacher, Ronnie Britten, a member of the Teachers League of South Africa, an organisation affiliated to the Unity Movement of South Africa (UMSA). He joined the Peninsula Students Union, an affiliate of UMSA , where he was educated not only in the ideology of the national struggle but was introduced to the writings of Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky. He later enrolled for an MA degree at UCT, studying German and wrote a thesis on Silesian Baroque drama.
He won a scholarship to study at Tubingen University in Germany, where he joined the German Socialist Students’ Union. Since UMSA had asked him to remain open to new ideas he made contacts with students from many parts of the world, including Algeria and Cuba. He witnessed the Sharpeville massacre from Germany. On his return to South Africa, he came into conflict with his comrades in UMSA when he began proposing the transposing of guerrilla warfare to South Africa. He was suspended from the organisation and together with Namibian activists founded the Yu Chi Chan Club and subsequently the National Liberation Front.
While these organisations discussed the overthrow of the state, concretely they did not engage in any overt acts against the state. By the end of 1963 their organisation was infiltrated by spies and a number of their members were detained, charged and convicted of conspiracy to commit sabotage. Neville Alexander was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on Robben Island. The savage sentences meted out to Alexander and his comrades provoked international condemnation. I. B. Tabata, President of UMSA, who was on a tour of the US , initiated the establishment of the Alexander Defence Committee (ADC) with the aim of providing funds for the legal defence and family support of political prisoners in South Africa. Several branches of the ADC were opened in Canada and across Europe.“