They Fought for Freedom: David Webster
Series editor: Pampallis, J
Consulting editor: van Wyk, C
Grade(s): Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12
Born in Zambia, of South African parents, David Webster grew up without questioning the privileged position he enjoyed in society. All this changed when he went to university in South Africa and decided to study anthropology. David began to look at things around him with new eyes.
David became a respected academic in the field of social anthropology and played a key role in bringing about change in South Africa. He became an authority on the apartheid government's use of repression and "death squads" to counter the anti-apartheid movement.
Also known for his kindness, caring and humility, and for his love of music and soccer, David was described as a person who "tried to convince people by smiling rather than spitting at them".
David Webster was gunned down in front of his house by masked gunmen on 1 May 1989. At the time of publication, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's investigation into David's death had resulted in his suspected killer being arrested and charged with murder.
They Fought for Freedom tells the life stories of southern African leaders who struggled for freedom and justice. In spite of the important roles they played in the history of southern Africa, most of these leaders have been largely ignored by the history books. The series tells their stories in an entertaining manner, in clear language and aims to restore them to their rightful place in history.