Durban - When former tourism minister and ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Derek Hanekom takes on his former political boss Jacob Zuma in the Durban High Court next week, there will be a factional picture that has become too familiar in local politics.
On the other side of the gulf with Zuma will be Carl Niehaus, the NEC member of the uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), a former freedom fighter who, like Hanekom, was once viewed with disdain by some members of the white Afrikaner community and treated as a societal outcast.
Both men broke ranks with the community, which was enjoying massive social and financial benefits that were only reserved for whites, when they called for the end of apartheid - a "sin" that landed them in jail in the 80s.
History records show that they both joined the then banned ANC in 1980 and contributed in various roles inside and outside apartheid South Africa.
Hanekom’s history shows that in 1983 he was arrested and later pleaded guilty to possessing banned literature after the government dropped charges of treason against him.