OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
- Professor Philip Bonner during the SAHA/Sunday Times School Oral History Project in 2007
27 September 2017
In memoriam: Professor Philip Bonner
“It is with great sadness that SAHA learnt, earlier this week, of the passing of Emeritus Professor Philip ('Phil') Bonner - a founding member of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Phil Bonner was part of a cohort of young revisionist and Africanist scholars who challenged liberal orthodoxies in the academy and produced new histories that emphasised the experiences of the black majority. His involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle led to his detention and even threats of deportation.
Robert McBride, Barend Hendrik Strydom, Mahetheleli Mncube and Mzondeleli Nondula were among 150 political prisoners released by the government. McBride's and Strydom's release was an attempt to reach a negotiated political settlement between the government and the African National Congress (ANC). McBride was sentenced to death for his part in the bombing of Magoo's Bar in 1984 which killed three and wounded 69, while Strydom was sentenced for having shot dead eight Black people and wounded sixteen at the Strijdom Square in Pretoria in 1988.