Oral history interview with Fikile C. Bam, 1999


Bam, Fikile C., 1937- (Interviewee)
Morris, Len (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Fikile C. Bam, 1999
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Fikile C. Bam : oral history, 1999
Born 1937, Transkei, South Africa; childhood: Pondoland and Johannesburg, mission schooling, awareness of race issues, influence of politically conscious teachers; education: University of Cape Town, B.A., University of South Africa, BProc, LLB; career; black lawyer promoting liberation struggle; political beliefs: African National Congress [ANC], interests in armed struggle, socialism, Unity Mov ement of South Africa; 1963 arrest and conviction of sabotage, ten year imprisonment on Robben Island; prison release, 1974: fear of assassination, completing law degrees; apartheid versus discrimination: control mechanisms to maintain status quo and prevent solidarity, coercive laws, Group Areas Act; Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie]: participation in the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa: links between land, law and poverty, promoting justice, research conducted by South Africans, efforts protected and depoliticized by Carnegie name, Carnegie grant to establish Centre for Applied Legal Studies [CALS]; establishment of Legal Resource Centre [LRC]: Carnegie grant, LRC advice centers, translation assistance, fellowships to train lawyers, media cooperation and support, coordination of efforts with CALS, reorganization and responsibilities after new constitution in 1994, success of former LRC colleagues; appointment as Judge-President of Land Claims Court, 1995: efforts for more effective land restoration process
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Judges--South Africa; Political prisoners--South Africa; Anti-apartheid movements--South Africa; South Africa Social conditions 1961-1994; Bam, Fikile C., 1937-; African National Congress; Unity Movement of South Africa; Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); Carnegie Corporation of New York; Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa Cape Town, South Africa) 1984 : (2nd
oral histories
Physical Description
65 pages; sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Note (Biographical)
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York
Digitized by Safe Sound Archive, Philadelphia, 2010
Interviewed by Len Morris, Aug. 2, 1999
Service copy (44 kHz, 16 bit) and rendered version (96 kHz, 24 bit) of sound file derived from a digital preservation master digitized at 96 kHz, 24 bit
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Fikile C. Bam
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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