Author and MK operative Steyn opens up about 'Undercover with Mandela’s Spies'

The newly released book Undercover with Mandela’s Spies: The Story of The Boy Who Crossed the Square by Bradley Steyn and Mark Fine will be launched on Tuesday at Exclusive Books in V&A Waterfront.

The book details the young Steyn who witnessed the horrific 1988 slaying of black people at the hands of Barend Strydom who called himself the Wit Wolf.

Steyn and Niel de Beer were both recruited into the ANC.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to c-author Bradley Steyn and journalist De Beer about the book.

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Niel and I were very fortunate to be recruited into the ANC's department of intelligence and security, a division of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) by Major-General Jeremy Vearey and Andre Lincoln.

Bradley Steyn, Co-author - Undercover with Mandela’s Spies

Niel and I were used to infiltrate the right-wing government within the apartheid system and these guys were our mentors.

Bradley Steyn, Co-author - Undercover with Mandela’s Spies

One and half million white men in this country now over the age of 40 served in the (SADF) uniform, not because they knew what they were doing, and three-quarters of the people that were living in the apartheid system didn't know what was going on. It was a killing machine.

Niel De Beer, Former MK operative

We knew that and we were part of it.

Niel De Beer, Former MK

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