ANC activists in exile or in military training abroad would become homesick and eager to read books and newspapers from South Africa, even those in Afrikaans, the oppressor's language.
Sommer is a much used word when speaking both Afrikaans and English. It has no meaning as such and can be translated as "just" or "even". "Sommer now" might be "right away" or "straight away".
In the late 1980s, when UN-approved sanctions began to hurt South Africa’s economy, then-president P.W. Botha (1915-2006) began to release anti-apartheid activists from prison. At the same, he ordered the security police to tighten its grip on the country.
Four South Africans have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:
1960 Albert Lithuli
1984 Bishop Desmond Tutu
1993 Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk