Cape Town - While some teenagers were writing love letters, 17-year-old Lee Mostert, her sister Freda, 18, and their friend Estelle Leonard, 18, were writing fierce letters of encouragement to their fellow political prisoners in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town.
The young women were student activists, members of MIPSCO (the Mitchells Plain Students Congress) and were among the many students detained by the apartheid police in the 1980s.
One recipient of a letter from the trio was Chris Giffard, who was in Pollsmoor facing charges of terrorism as part of the so-called Yengeni trial. He was held in the white male section adjacent to the Women's Prison and, according Giffard, "the young activists were able to talk with the white male juvenile delinquents in the section I was in, across a small gap between the two prisons. Then they smuggled a letter to me via the kids, probably using a "cable" (even with a stamp)".
On June 16, 2019 he posted his letter as well as a tribute to the "young and fearless" youth of the 80s saying that he had never met the letter writers before or since.
But that is all about to change. Within minutes friends on Facebook had identified one of the writers as Walleen "Lee" Mostert.