Methodius Hayes (methodius) wrote,
Methodius Hayes
methodius

I was enemy of the state number 1658

Nearly three years after the Security Police files were opened, I finally got around to looking at mine.

Recently frsimon deprecated the biographical LJ, but seeing the flattering things that the SB had had to say about me, I could not resist the temptation to blow my own trumpet, or rather, let them blow it for me. They said some of the nicest things (blush)
He is an extreme danger to the security of the State and above all in South West Africa his activities can do incalculable damage.
I'm not sure that I deserve such a flattering description, but there it is, from the people who were paid to know.

I didn't have time to read everything in the two files, and hadn't taken along enough money to get them photocopied. There seemed to be a lot of things in there that I didn't know about myself, and a lot of things I didn't know about them, and their mental processes. Their extreme fear of the consequences of what might happen if I went into the Catholic Book Shop, for example

But here are some tidbits:
Secret memorandum from Security Branch to Secretary for Justice, 26 Oct 1971. Ref S. 1/4857

(my translation)

2. As indicated in my even-numbered communication of 9 March 1966 the restriction orders that had already been signed by the Minister of Justice were not delivered to HAYES since he had left for the United Kingdom to go and study as a preacher in the Anglican Church.

3. While he was in England and after his return to South Africa in July 1968 he continued his subversive activities by:

a. Making contact with communists, restricted persons and left-aligned persons such as A. SACHS, A. BLAXALL, John AITCHISON and T.E. Mngadi.

b. Making derogatory statements about government leaders;

c. Furthering the goals of "Amnesty International", "University Christian Movement" (U.C.M.), "South African Institute of Race Relations" (S.A.I.R.R.), Christilike Instituut and Christelike Stigting van SWA;

d. Heavenising (op te hemel) Marxism, Maoism and terrorism, comparing the former Cuban terrorist with Christ and designating the Christian religion as "Bourgeois religion"

e. Striving to bring about an anarchist state;

f. Making contact with the terrorist organisation "South West African Peoples Organization" (S.W.A.P.O.)

I was tickled by (e) -- I would have thought that an "anarchist state" was a contradiction in terms. I assume "the former Cuban terrorist" was Che Guevara, though I can't remember comparing him with Christ. What I do remember was making some comparisons between his followers and some of the followers of Christ, like some Anglican bishops, who said that "modern man" could not believe in things like the resurrection of Christ, whereas the followers of Che showed no hesitation in marching with placards saying "Che lives!".
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