The late Isaiah Stein (1931-2011), a prominent ‘Coloured’ anti-apartheid activist, is claimed to have said that if he were to write an autobiography, it would be titled, All for Nothing. The would-be title summarises how Stein allegedly felt about his long struggle against apartheid which included detention, torture and decades of exile in the United Kingdom; juxtaposed with the reality of the post-apartheid South Africa. It is said that Stein struggled to receive the Special Pension he was entitled to as an anti-apartheid veteran. Stein is now deceased and it is not known whether the Stein family eventually received the Special Pension.
I mention Stein as the essence of his would-be autobiography immediately springs to mind in the context of not only the country but also with respect to the two comrades this article is about. In the past decade or so, I have tried to assist Comrade Number 1 and Comrade Number 2 to receive their Special Pensions but after numerous attempts everything has come to naught.