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Dennis Brutus, the public face of the struggle for non-racial sport in the early 1960s, was put on trial in January 1964 after recuperating from being shot in the back by police and sentenced to 18 months hard labour on Robben Island Maximum Security Prison. His crime was breaking his banning order. In March that year, he and some sixty others convicted for political offences in the crackdown at that time were handcuffed, put into leg irons and loaded into two large police vans for the thousand-mile journey from Leeuwkop Prison down to Cape Town. His journey and the experiences he and other prisoners encountered could be read as a metaphor for the imprisoned society that apartheid society had become by the mid-1960s.
– Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance by Peter Hain and AndrĂ© Odendaal