British spied on Mandela in hideout
British intelligence operatives "posed as birdwatchers" to spy on Nelson Mandela's ANC hideout before he was arrested, writes Aislinn Laing.
Denis Goldberg, a white ANC bombmaker, who was detained in the raid on Liliesleaf Farm by South African police on July 11, 1963, said he believed a number of intelligence agencies were monitoring the farm.
"We believe that there was a British intelligence agent in the nearby caravan park," he told an audience at a 50th anniversary event to commemorate the raid.
"Everyone thought he was a birdwatcher because he would climb up a telegraph pole with binoculars every day. But I think we were the birds he was watching."
Mr Mandela and fellow ANC leaders used Liliesleaf to plot their armed rebellion against the apartheid government.
He was arrested in August 1962, charged with sabotage and went on to serve 27 years in prison. (© Daily Telegraph, London)