I was a teenage gun runner

Stuart Round, a nice, ordinary 30-something bloke from Nuneaton. But for 15 years he kept a secret - as a youth, he regularly risked his life to smuggle arms to the ANC in South Africa during the apartheid era

The Guardian, Tuesday 13 February 2001

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"Nice truck." The South African border guard considered it with almost lascivious interest. The model Bedford of the type once popular in the British army was entering the country on the last leg of a 7,000-mile safari from Nairobi to Cape Town. There were 18 tourists in the back, one tour guide in the front, and a ton of AK-47s hidden under the seats. It was 1986, at the height of the sanctions against apartheid.

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Danny Schechter and Ronnie Kasrils discuss Danny’s time in apartheid South Africa

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RIP Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," Author, TV Producer, Made Six Films on Nelson Mandela

Known for his work chronicling the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa since the 1960s, Danny Schechter has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

Schechter got his start as "The News Dissector" in 1970 at WBCN-FM in Boston. He went on to become a prolific television producer who won two Emmys. He was executive editor of MediaChannel.org, co-founder and executive producer of Globalvision production company, and the author of twelve books, including The More You Watch, The Less You Know.

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Ronnie Kasrils pays tribute to Danny Schechter, who died 19 March 2015.

An amazing human being, dedicated to the cause of a better world, activist in many fields, especially the media, both radio and TV. A militant student during the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, activist and opponent of the American war against the people of Vietnam, friend of Cuba, and long time militant supporter of the South African liberation movement. This cause he espoused continuously over the years commencing with his clandestine mission into the country in 1967 when he distributed leaflets in the Durban area and had some amazing stories to relate as a result.

Read more: Ronnie Kasrils pays tribute to Danny Schechter, who died 19 March 2015.

This interesting report by the BBC, about the truck used for the "Secret Safari" arms smuggling operation, somehow manages to avoid mentioning that the drivers and tour guides were all white non-South Africans, mostly British people, acting in solidarity with the ANC.

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