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Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan Ancer – the World of Apartheid Spies

Journalist Jonathan Ancer has delved deep into the world of spies during apartheid on both sides. His new book Betrayal returns to this shadowy world where he uncovers the story behind the navy super spy on the Russian pay roll, the accidental mole in the heart of Pretoria’s war on the frontline states, and the idealistic students used and abused in apartheid’s intelligence war.

Ancer, a journalist for over 20 years has won awards for hard news, feature writing and creative writing. A former editor of the Grocott’s Mail, he has also written for The Star,  Directions magazine, and a column for the Cape Times. He is also the author of the acclaimed book, Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson.

He will speak to the Cape Town Press Club and members of Kelvin Grove Club about the world of apartheid spies. What does it take to deceive those closest to you? How do you lead a double life and not lose yourself? Is there ever a point of return?

Photo: UCT

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Friday, September 27, 2019


Please arrive 30 minutes early
1:00 pm


R260 for members. Lunch/wine included. R300 for cheque payments by members. R300 for guests. R340 for cheque payments by guests Banking details are available here. Please use your surname AND the surname of the guest speaker as reference. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice we will try to fill your place, but if not successful, you will be liable to pay.


The Grill Room - Kelvin Grove
144 Campground Rd, Newlands Cape Town
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