Janet Cherry


Janet Cherry born Cape Town, South Africa October 12, 1961. South African white opponent of Apartheid; underground ANC; Secretary-General National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) 1982; joined Black Sash 1984; led End Conscription Campaign “Troops Out” 1985-8; detained without charges each year 1981, 1985-8; house arrest 1989; trainer for Centre for Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) Belgrade, professor after liberation.


Inside South Africa, the vast majority of the leaders and members supported the ANC and its armed struggle—or its moral right to take up arms in a ‘just war’—however we understood that we could be more effective in mobilizing people against the state through mass action, and the use of violence would undermine our organizations and render them vulnerable.” (Mary E. King, A Quiet Revolution, p. 319; photo youtube.com)