The day Olivia Forsyth, self-confessed apartheid spy, took refuge

The day Olivia Forsyth, self-confessed apartheid spy, took refuge

Today, 31 years ago, self-proclaimed South African spy, Olivia Forsyth, sought refuge at a British Embassy after she escaped from the ANC Quatro prison camp.

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On 2 May, 1988, Olivia Forsyth, a self-confessed spy during the previous regime, took refuge at the British Embassy in Luanda.

Prior to receiving her refugee status, Forsyth was held captive for seven months at the ANC Quatro prison camp in Angola before spending more than a year under ANC guard in Luanda.

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The day Olivia Forsyth, self-confessed apartheid spy, took refuge

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Briefly.co.za gathered the ANC took Forsyth captive after they stopped believing that she was a double agent.

Craig Williamson, who was also a reported spy and a former South African Police major, reportedly recruited Forsyth in 1981 to work for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of South Africa.

Forsyth received her 'spy training' at a center known as Daisy Farm, before she was tasked to work as an undercover student as Rhodes University from 1982 to 1985 - a role she was said to have embodied wholeheartedly.

After her time at Rhodes, Forsyth integrated herself in the ANC in several frontline states, where she was tasked with several missions.

Today, Forsyth resides in the UK where she taught English to high school learners. She went on to publish a tell-all memoir, Agent 407: A South African Spy Breaks Her Silence.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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