'Angola Camp 13' unearths a history many may not know about. The play, on at the State Theatre in Pretoria, looks at the human rights violations that took place in the ANC's camps and reminds us of the forgotten heroes.
Angola Camp 13, the fifth play that Sello Maseko has written, is about the torture some MK soldiers endured for their dissident views. Those who opposed the way things were run were tortured and killed in a camp called Quatro while they were in exile in Angola.
Maseko says the story of killings and torture at Quatro has been called a fairytale even by those who were in exile.
"No one knew about it. Even those who are from exile when you speak about Quatro, they'll tell you, 'You're lying, there was no such'. Minister Ayanda Dlodlo went to exile when she was 17 years, she said she's been in Angola and that this thing of Quatro is a fairytale," Maseko told Daily Maverick after the first preview of his show on 11 July 2019.
Cast members on stage in 'Angola Camp 13'. (Photo: Sanmari Marais)
Maseko studied drama at the University of Witwatersrand. His parents were political activists and...