|James April, [hereafter referred to as April] was a member of the
ANC's military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe [otherwise referred to as
MK. What might have seemed unusual to the court that day, and
to many onlookers, was the fact that he was a "Cape Coloured"
man espousing his allegiance to the ANC and praising it as" ...
the spirit of the African people".
April and Basil February Chis close friend and comrade] were
among the first non-African people to join MK thereby
recognising the common destiny of all black people.
In part,to tell April's [and Basil February's] story is to
explore from an individual perspective the capacity and ability
of people to overcome their socialisation, and to rise above
conformity and social restrictions.
Most of all, April's story is of an activist whose political
involvement led him to realise the inevitability and necessity of
armed struggle. Furthermore, it is the story of the commitment
of his life to this very armed struggle.