Karel Tip was born and raised in Durban. Tip attended a comparatively multi-racial primary school which he “tended to soften the [racial] lines a little” (LRC Interview, 2007: 1). He began studying engineering at the University of Natal in Durban. However, Tip soon drifted into studying Political Science under the mentorship of Rick Turner. It was during this time that Tip’s opposition to apartheid developed and he became very involved in student activities.
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