The spy who came into the freeze

The spy who came into the freeze

Former friends find it hard to forgive Olivia Forsyth’s betrayal.

Bridget Hilton-Barber was one of Olivia Forsyth’s best friends on Rhodes University campus in the early 1980s. “Bridgy” as Olivia called her, now dismisses the woman who betrayed the student left – and scores of black activists – and the book she has written, in a single phrase: “A sad reflection on the futility of her life.”

Controversy still dogs Forsyth, 30 years after she was exposed as a wannabe double agent, offering to spy for the ANC on her original masters, the notorious security branch. It turned out the ANC did not believe her and threw her in detention barracks in their Quatro camp in Angola.

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