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Sathyandranath Ragunanan "Mac" Maharaj (born 22 April 1935 in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) is a South African politician affiliated to the African National Congress, academic and businessman of Indian origin.

Maharaj was a political activist who worked closely on anti-apartheid activities with Nelson Mandela, with whom he was incarcerated following the Little Rivonia Trial on Robben Island. A member of the South African Communist Party, [1] in prison he secretly transcribed Mandela's memoir Long Walk to Freedom and smuggled it out of the prison in 1976.[2]

From 1988 to 1990 he commanded Operation Vula, an underground program of armed resistance.

He was democratic South Africa's first Minister of Transport, a post he took on 11 May 1994 and kept until 1999.

In 2005 he joined the faculty of Bennington College in Vermont, USA.

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Mac Maharaj
Pallo Jordan (right)