“I saw young black faces running towards me with fear and terror screaming from their bodies as they scrambled for shelter. A white right-wing gunman was hunting black citizens with a 9mm Parabellum. It was chaotic. I found myself rendering aid to a black man in his 20s.
“This event changed my life forever. This is what has haunted me. I found closure around the massacre by finding the names of the victims and survivors. I got to meet the sons of a victim; we cried, we mourned, we heal.”
He said his biggest regret was that he didn’t do anything to stop Strydom hurting people.
Steyn, who was a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, now works as a security consultant in the US.
Five days after George Floyd died, he joined the Black Lives Matters march in honour of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and 601 other citizens of Los Angeles who had been killed by law enforcement since 2012.
“Thirty-three years after the Strijdom Square massacre, after I had just put to sleep the pain of the terror, I saw the same terrified black faces running by me, followed by multiple shots fired.”
Steyn's book Undercover with Mandela's Spies described these events and his life has become a best-seller.
You can learn about Bradley’s story here.