By Mark Gevisser
During this gripping social heritage of South Africa, award successful journalist Mark Gevisser follows the relations of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to make experience of the legacy of liberation fight and understand the future of the rustic below Jacob Zuma. With unheard of entry to Mbeki and Zuma to boot as key ANC brass, Gevisser offers an intimate but available account of South Africa’s prior, current and destiny. together with his attractive account of the Mbeki family’s heritage as a backdrop, Gevisser fleshes out the very human parts of a enormous interval in global heritage that might proceed to form African politics for future years.
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Certainly there were troublesome racial dynamics in the Communist Party: While the vast majority of the party’s membership was African, the leadership remained overwhelmingly white and Indian. The party had waged a long and bloody internecine war over race; there had been purges and counterpurges and even disappearances in Siberia in the battle over whether it should advocate a “native republic” or stick to class struggle. But, despite these tensions, the Communist Party of South Africa remained the only political forum where blacks and whites could work together as equals: It was the crucible of the unique “nonracialism” of the South African liberation movement.
And so, recalls Moeletsi, Uncle Daniel and his son Mokhele would get up at three in the morning to drive their cattle higher and higher, into the mountains, to ﬁnd green pasture. The cattle were Jerseys, purchased and bred because they were better dairy producers than the indigenous Nguni, and thus the mark of Moerane prosperity and worldliness. But “because they were exotics, they couldn’t handle the rocky terrain . . and they would break their legs on these late-night drives. ” In 1999, I traveled with Epainette Mbeki to the Mount Fletcher district of the Transkei, to visit Mangoloaneng.
He purveys not only dry goods but new ideas; like their parents and grandparents before them, but with a very different agenda, he and his wife are nothing less than evangelists, bringing progress and enlightenment, communism and commodities, a vision of New Africa, to the rural poor. ” Mbeki was speaking to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in parliament in February 1999; that almond hedge, he said, has existed throughout the three and a half centuries that whites have settled southern Africa.
A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream by Mark Gevisser