Tony Dykes

Tony Dykes first became involved in Southern Africa in 1979 when he joined the staff of the World University Service, which arranged international scholarships for black South Africans. As a London Borough of Camden councillor from 1982 he supported the Council’s policy of boycotting South African products. After he became Council Leader in 1986 he worked closely with the Anti-Apartheid Movement, providing event venues and supporting its campaigns. He served as the Director of ACTSA from 2007 to 2018.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of a research project on the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and South Africa’s transition to majority rule, conducted by Dr Matt Graham (History programme, University of Dundee) and Dr Christopher Fevre (International Studies Group, University of the Free State)