The Aggett Window

 

    South side of the sanctuary - Unveiled 30 November 1990 by Neil's father and mother in the presence of his brother, the Headmaster, representatives of the School and some contemporaries.

The window depicts Christ bringing sight to blind Bartaemous and reminds us that Neil, who was taken into custody for being the driving force and organiser of the black trade union movement, died in a prison cell under mysterious circumstances on 5 February 1982.
Neil attended Kingswood College from 1964 to 1970.  In his matric year, he was Head Prefect of Jacques House (at that stage, a junior House).  After matriculating with a first class pass, he studied medicine at UCT, graduating in 1976.  He did his internship at the Umtata General Hospital in the Transkei in 1977 and then moved back to work at Tembisa Hospital and later at Baragwanath Hospital.  During this time, he became increasingly concerned with the hardships endured by black South Africans under the apartheid regime. He sacrificed a promising medical career to assist the black trade union movement, especially with the Transvaal Branch of the Food and Canning Workers Union.  He supported himself by doing night shifts in the casualty ward at Baragwanath. 

The window was placed in the Chapel by the family and his many friends, some of his schoolmasters and contemporaries out of affection and respect for this Old Kingswoodian who placed his life on the line for what he believed in.

The text at the top of the window reads: 'Did not my heart grieve for them' (Job: Ch 30 vs 25).

 


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