My brother-in-law, David Davis, who has died aged 70, was a quiet revolutionary. In the early 1970s, working in the state prosecutor’s office in Durban, South Africa, he began to moonlight as a lawyer for the then banned ANC (African National Congress) in support of the drive to establish black trade unions in coal mines. His daytime job meant he had access to government files, which he shared with the ANC at great personal risk.

He was fired when his covert work brought him to the attention of the authorities, and placed under surveillance. His parents’ house was ransacked and he was frequently taken in for questioning. He would never talk about it, but I do not believe these were polite question and answer sessions.

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