The pipe-smoking art teacher who taught the MK to build bombs

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The pipe-smoking art teacher who taught the MK to build bombs

Harold ‘Jock’ Strachan, who died this month, leaves behind a legacy of anti-apartheid activism

Chris Barron

Harold “Jock” Strachan, who has died in Durban at the age of 94, was a World War 2 pilot, artist and art teacher who became one of the earliest recruits to the armed struggle and taught Umkhonto we Sizwe how to make bombs.

He was the first white member of MK to be jailed. He got a six-year sentence for sabotage, suspended for three years, which he spent at Pretoria Central with murderers, rapists and other hardened criminals.

He was in solitary confinement for 13 months and had his teeth removed...

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