Dave Kitson trained as a mechanical engineer and spent eight years in Britain. Two of these years were spent as a research fellow at Ruskin College, Oxford where he also became a member of the Draughtsman’s and Allied Technician’s Association. He returned to South Africa in 1959.
In October 1964 Kitson was charged with sabotage. Furthering the aims of communism and joining the High Command of MK in the Rand Criminal Court.
He was convicted in December 1964 to 29 years’ imprisonment at the Pretoria Local Prison. Upon his release in 1984, Kitson was able to rejoin his wife and two children.