Ben Turok wore his Marxist maverick label with pride


Ben Turok wore his Marxist maverick label with pride

His views often landed him in trouble with the Communist Party and the ANC

Chris Barron

Ben Turok, who died in Cape Town at the age of 92, was a leader of the congress movement in the 1950s who helped write the Freedom Charter and start the armed struggle against apartheid.

He was a Treason Trialist and ANC stalwart who became an MP in 1994 and retired in 2014 at the age of 86, ostensibly because of a heart condition.

His doctor told him to avoid stress, but he said that he thrived on stress and was more likely to die of boredom from sitting through another “deadly debate” in parliament than stress...

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