Barney Desai

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Biographical information


Political activist, Vice President of SACPO, journalist, lawyer and member of the PAC

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Date of birth: 
10 April 1932
Location of birth: 
Durban, South Africa.
Date of death: 
30 October 1997

Barney “Rissik” Desai was born on 10 April 1932 in Durban. He grew up as an Indian but was "reclassified" Coloured in 1957. Desai was the Vice President of the South African Coloured People's Congress before leaving South Africa in the early 1960s.

• Interviewed 8 January 1991, Cape Town.
• Curriculum vitae submitted by Barney Desai.
• Author\'s research undertaken for the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (Idasa), 1992.
• Gerhart G.M and Karis T. (ed)(1977)

Last updated : 04-Nov-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011