This extraordinary story portrays the historical roots of the
service delivery revolts that have swept South Africa in recent
years. Freedom never rests centres around an engaging and tragic
couple: unemployed ex-shop steward revolutionary Monwabisi Radebe
and his wife, Constantia, a former nursery school aide turned local
councillor in the fictional Eastern Cape township of Sivuyile.
Their relationship is a metaphor for the new democratic order. As
the council implements an American-financed project of prepaid
meters, water cut-offs are visited upon dozens of households in
Sivuyile. The idealistic Monwabisi faces the most difficult of
choices: to remain loyal to a loving wife and mother of his
children who now represents an increasingly discredited council or
take to the streets with disenchanted residents. Avoiding
simplistic analyses and triumphant rhetoric, Freedom Never Rests
lays bare the political and personal intricacies of community
struggles. On a grand political canvas artfully and sometimes
humorously drawn, Monwabisi and a host of other intriguing and
compelling characters pull us into the moral and economic dilemmas
of street level organization and force us to confront the
complexity of democracy in our country.
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