Letter from Phyllis Naidoo to Luli
The word COMRADE from my Catholic Background, the state and the media in South Africa meant communism and all the horrors that these conjured collectively in the South African psyche. But I have checked the Oxford concise dictionary and it is defined as a noun meaning mate or fellow at work or play or fighting, an equal with whom one is on familiar terms. I have known OR personally since December, 1978 until his death at 3am on 24 April, 1993. Perhaps the word equal describes Comrade OR. He dealt with you as an equal. Whether you were man, woman or child he gave you equal attention. He never let you feel you were talking to the President of our organisation. You were never in awe of him.