Mike van Niekerk: 'Faceless and imprisoned yet we all knew his name'
For so many years, he was a presence without a face. We didn't know what he looked like in the era before the world wide web, because his face was banned from reproduction.
Perhaps that added, in a way that the apartheid state hadn't intended, to his mystique.
The National Party government had done its best to obliterate a generation of opposition politics from the 1950s and 1960s, imprisoning scores, sending hundreds into exile, censoring any mention of the political struggle and its players.