Kasrils was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg, in November 1938. His grandparents were immigrants from Latvia and Lithuania, who had fled from the Czarist pogroms at the end of the 19th century. His father was a factory salesman and his mother worked as a shop assistant.
Kasrils matriculated from the King Edward VII High School (KES), and excelled in athletics and history. His initial career was as a script writer for a Johannesburg film studio and then... read more