“My adventures as an anti-Apartheid Activist” – Professor Laurie Nathan

The Athena Society met on the 7 March to listen to a talk by Professor Laurie Nathan on his “adventures during apartheid”. It was a fascinating story of going into hiding, disguises and running – all in the name of justice. Prof Nathan brought history to life and taught everyone, through his experiences, why it is so important to stand up for what you believe in.

The issues that need to be dealt with are here today, just as they were in Professor Nathan during apartheid: whether they are related “the right2know” campaigns; to women and child abuse, protection of the rights of animals; the environment; the rights of the disabled – there are any number of pressing issues demanding responses. Ultimately it remains a choice: one can choose to do something about the injustices, or by closing one’s eyes to it, become part of the acquiescing and indifferent public.

After all as Edmund Burke said: “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”