1986 Detainees

Once they were a threat to society. Once freedom was a fantasy. Twenty years ago they were extracted from South African political life. They are still here.

Headlines read: "A detention every seven minutes," "Children detained so man hangs himself," "Unrest greatest in Soweto and E. Cape areas." The country was in turmoil.

On August 4, 1986, the East Cape Herald reported a total of 1 083 of the 3 402 people listed as 'missing' country wide came from the Eastern Cape. This news story is on exhibit at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. There were hundreds from Grahamstown.

On of those people was Jonathan Walter, Regional Director of Black Sash in Grahamstown. "I wouldn'