By Mark Gevisser
During this gripping social historical past of South Africa, award successful journalist Mark Gevisser follows the relatives of former South African President Thabo Mbeki to make experience of the legacy of liberation fight and understand the future of the rustic lower than Jacob Zuma. With extraordinary 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 beautiful account of the Mbeki family’s background as a backdrop, Gevisser fleshes out the very human parts of a enormous interval in global historical past that may proceed to form African politics for future years.
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Mbeki says ﬁrmly. “No aimless roaming about. The idea of football clubs was not acceptable either. ” These families were, of course, other educated gqoboka families like the Mpahlwas. The Mbekis might have lived on the wrong side of the dry riverbed, but they nonetheless formed part of a powerful network of learned, Christian families. ” Of course, given their class, the Mbekis had more in common with the people they met in church or at political meetings than with their customers and neighbors.
From 130 head of cattle, there are 6. Not a sheep, not a horse. Not a single growing thing—not a stalk of corn, not a tomato plant. ”3 Like Skelewu Mbeki, Jacane Moerane attained his greatest prosperity after the promulgation of the Land Act. But its consequences slowly circumscribed the aspirations of black farmers to such a degree that not only did farming become untenable, but the will to farm—the ethos of selfreliance and initiative that men like Moerane and Mbeki embodied—itself was eroded.
Such families straddled 22 ● A Legacy of Liberation the traditional and the Christian worlds far more than we imagine, for we are constrained by the fact that so much documentary evidence of their times was produced by their European interlocutors, thus reproducing only that side of their complex identities they wished the West to see of them. All Govan and Epainette’s children, Thabo included, believe they gained their politics more from their mother than from their father. How, I asked Epainette, did her upbringing at Mangoloaneng educate her?