Questions should be written down and should aim at obtaining answers to the” who, what, why and when”. This preparation will allow you to structure the interview.
One should read up as widely as possible in order to obtain background information. Collect as much information from a variety of sources. Going back to where family had lived and finding people who could remember the family. Remain flexible and adjust your approach according to whom you are interviewing.
Care is needed where information is sensitive.
An interview can be recorded on your cell phone . The Legacy program has a section that deals with interviews.
Brigadier Fred van Niekerk, detective of note
|Charl ten Oever|
He started as a young constable and worked his way up to brigadier level. Brigadier Fred van Niekerk, at 6’ 5’’ and weighing 103 kg, was a man of stature both physically and figuratively.
He was an excellent investigating officer, involved in solving many of the famous criminal cases such as the Maria Lee murder case (she poisoned her husband). This took a year and a half to solve and involved interviewing 150 witnesses.
|Brigadier Fred van Niekerk|
He acted as body guard to Dag Hammarskjöld on his visit to South Africa. He was held in high esteem by his colleagues in the Police Force. He passed away in 1982. Charl concluded his talk by listing the values his grandfather had lived by. Charl fondly remembers his Oupa Fred as someone who sat on the stoep reading the daily newspapers.