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 less than Jacob Zuma. With unheard of entry to Mbeki and Zuma in addition as key ANC brass, Gevisser provides an intimate but available account of South Africa’s prior, current and destiny. along with his attractive account of the Mbeki family’s background as a backdrop, Gevisser fleshes out the very human parts of a huge interval in global historical past that might proceed to form African politics for future years.
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Extra info for A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream
But they won’t take it up, I can see. . ” Rilithithithi. 3 THE NEW AFRICANS T here is a captivating image, in Norah Moerane’s photo collection, of Govan Mbeki a-courting, standing in the middle of Beatrice Street in central Durban, outside Epainette Moerane’s flat, sometime in the late 1930s. The photograph is yellowed and cracked, but nothing can wash the glinting optimism out of the smile that spreads across the young man’s handsome, open face. With a jaunty homburg perched on his head, a pile of books and papers clutched under his left arm, and the wind blowing up his jacket to reveal a pair of stylish Oxford bags, he faces nothing less than a brave new future.
2 THE MOERANES CHEKHOV IN THE TRANSKEI T here is to be found, in the albums of Thabo Mbeki’s aunt Norah Moerane, a formal portrait of a country gentleman, his wife, and seven children. This is the family of Eleazar Jacane Moerane, Mbeki’s maternal grandfather, captured at his country estate, Mangoloaneng, beneath the Drakensberg in the Mount Fletcher district of the Transkei. Although the costumes are Edwardian, the year is, in fact, 1920. The Moerane patriarch wears the broad-brimmed hat, neatly trimmed beard, dark jacket, and waistcoat of a progressive squire.
Clearly, he all but instigated his dismissal. He had become involved with a group of young Transkei intellectuals turned on by the idea of cooperative societies as a means for rural development, the vogue in leftist thinking in Europe at the time, and were determined to apply it to the Transkei. The ideology of self-help is at the root of nineteenth century African nationalism—speciﬁcally in organizations like the Zenzele movement, of which both Epainette and her mother were stalwarts, and in African breakaways from the church, such as the Order of Ethiopia and Independent Methodists; it took hold again in the late 1930s, now with a Marxist application.
A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream by Mark Gevisser