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Escape to the Mitre

Tim Jenkin visits Dr Paul Murray for a coffee and catch up and chats to one of his big fans, Lynn Swanevelder.

We had a wonderful visit from Tim Jenkin.  Timothy Peter Jenkin (born 1948) is a South African writer, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner. He is best known for his 1979 escape from Pretoria Local Prison (part of the Pretoria Central Prison complex), along with Stephen Lee and Alex Moumbaris.

Escape From Pretoria tells the story of Jenkin and Stephen Lee, who were both white South African activists, imprisoned in 1978 for working on behalf of the African National Congress (ANC), and their escape from the notorious ‘white man’s Robben Island’, Pretoria Prison.

Interestingly, Tim went to our rival school, Rondebosch Boys High School. He published the following books that would make a very good read:

  • Escape from Pretoria. London: Kliptown. 1987.
  • "Talking to Vula: The Story of the Secret Underground Communications Network of Operation Vula". 1995.
  • Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison (repr. illus. ed.). Jacana Media. 2003

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