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A Native Life in South Africa (Paperback): Sol Plaatje A Native Life in South Africa (Paperback)
Sol Plaatje; Foreword by Kader Asmal
R210 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Native Life in South Africa is one of South Africa’s great political books. First published in 1916, it was first and foremost a response to the Native’s Land Act of 1913 and was written by one of the most gifted and influential writers and journalists of his generation. Native Life in South Africa provides an account of the origins of this crucially important piece of legislation and a devastating description of its immediate effects. Plaatje spent many weeks traveling in the countryside and the most moving chapters in the book tell us what he saw. His book explores the wider political and historical context that produced policies of the kind embodied in the Land Act, and documents meticulously steps taken by South Africa’s rulers to exclude black South Africans from the exercise of political power.

Politics In My Blood - A Memoir (Paperback): Kader Asmal, Adrian Hadland, Moira Levy Politics In My Blood - A Memoir (Paperback)
Kader Asmal, Adrian Hadland, Moira Levy
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Kader Asmal was one of the most respected senior statesmen in South Africa. He lived a rich and varied life, in all the twists and turns of which he has displayed boundless energy, a sharp mind and deep commitment to human rights and democratic values.

Kader Asmal, lawyer and teacher, South African Cabinet minister, and the driving force behind the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, has been called many things – ‘small, bustling, curious, courageous, indefatigable’ (Irish Times) and ‘dapper, combative, witty, cantankerous, sarcastic, urbane, precisely spoken’ (Sunday Times). The son of a small-town shopkeeper from Natal, his life took him as far as exile in the UK, on to a senior position at Trinity College Dublin, and back to a free South Africa, governed by an exemplary Constitution, which he helped devise.

These memoirs are not only Asmal’s personal journey. They are also the story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to freedom and democracy, in which he played a significant role, as a member of the ANC’s Constitutional Committee and negotiating team and later as an MP and Cabinet minister under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. They provide testimony, too, to Asmal’s lifelong dedication to freedom, equality and justice – ideals enshrined in the country’s Bill of Rights, which he played a major part in writing.

Reconciliation Through Truth - A Reckoning of Apartheid`s Criminal Governance (Paperback, 2nd W/Afterword ed.): Kader Asmal,... Reconciliation Through Truth - A Reckoning of Apartheid`s Criminal Governance (Paperback, 2nd W/Afterword ed.)
Kader Asmal, Louise Asmal, Ronald Suresh Roberts
R526 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R50 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While depicting the horrors of apartheid, this volume also proposes a constructive process designed to enable a free South Africa to avoid lapsing into a cycle of new oppression. The authors demonstrate a challenge that they believe can and must be met by the efforts of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission. Nelson Mandela says in his Foreword to this book: 'The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a milestone on the freedom road, and this book illuminates the journey. It presents a necessary perspective on our unfolding future. North America: St Martin's Press; South Africa: David Philip/New Africa Books

Voices from Cape Town Classrooms - Oral Histories of Teachers Who Fought Apartheid (Paperback): Alan Wieder Voices from Cape Town Classrooms - Oral Histories of Teachers Who Fought Apartheid (Paperback)
Alan Wieder; Preface by Kader Asmal
R711 R586 Discovery Miles 5 860 Save R125 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book captures the oral histories of twenty South African teaches who connected pedagogy and politics to fight against the apartheid regime. Teaching in so-called Coloured schools, these « teachers with the fighting spirit stressed nonracialism and democracy in their work with students. Though their lives were deeply affected by apartheid, it never stole their hearts, minds, or souls. Their work helped lead to the election of Nelson Mandela as the first democratic leader of South Africa in 1994.

Judging the Judges, Judging Ourselves - Truth, Reconciliation and the Apartheid Legal Order (Hardcover): David Dyzenhaus Judging the Judges, Judging Ourselves - Truth, Reconciliation and the Apartheid Legal Order (Hardcover)
David Dyzenhaus; Foreword by Kader Asmal
R1,890 Discovery Miles 18 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), established in South Africa after the collapse of apartheid, was the bold creation of a people committed to the task of rebuilding of a nation and establishing a society founded upon justice, equality and respect for the rule of law. As part of its historic, cathartic mission, the TRC held a special hearing, calling to account the lawyers -- judges, academics and members of the bar -- who had been crucial participants in the apartheid legal order. This book is an account of those hearings, and an attempt to evaluate, in the light of theories of adjudication, the historical role of the judiciary and bar in the apartheid years.

Written by a well-known commentator on the South African legal system who became, by chance, the first witness to give testimony at these hearings, this book reveals, often in the words of those who testified, how the judges failed in their duty to uphold the rule of law. For the most part, the lawyers of apartheid deserted its victims. The few notable exceptions both illustrate the potential for lawyers to have done more and laid the basis for the respect the rule of law still enjoys in South Africa despite apartheid.

Yet, as the author shows, many continue to commit a more serious 'crime'. Failing to confront the past, and in many cases refusing even to attend TRC hearings, the lawyers who could have helped to resist the worst excesses of apartheid remain accomplices to its evil deeds.

This book offers us the spectacle of an entire legal system on trial. The echoes from this process are captured here in a way which will appeal to all readers -- lawyers and non-lawyers alike -- interested in the relationshipbetween law and justice, as it is exposed during a period of transition to democracy.

Nelson Mandela  - from Freedom to the Future: Tributes and Speeches (Paperback, illustrated edition): Wilmot James, Kader... Nelson Mandela - from Freedom to the Future: Tributes and Speeches (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Wilmot James, Kader Asmal, David Chidester
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Out of stock

This is a collection of tributes to Nelson Mandela and of his speeches, mostly made after his release from jail in 1990. A special leatherbound copy will be presented to Madiba on his 85th birthday on the 18 July, as a testimony to his lasting legacy.

The collection will contain the texts of 115 of his speeches, divided into themes, with introductions by national and international leaders. It will start with a foreword by President Thabo Mbeki, an introduction by education minister Kader Asmal and a biographical essay by Adrian Hadland. A special introductory chapter will be written by Kofi Annan.

The section on his pre-jail speeches is introduced by Wilmot James, his speeches on freedom, by Judge Albie Sachs, his reconciliation speeches, by Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, the chapter on nation-building speeches, by Jakes Gerwel, the chapter on development speeches, by Cyril Ramaphosa, the chapter on education speeches, by Mamphela Ramphele, the chapter on culture speeches, by Miriam Makeba, the chapter on religion speeches, by Desmond Tutu, the chapter on health speeches, by Olive Shisana, the chapter on children speeches, by Graca Machel, the chapter on heroes speeches, by Ahmed Kathrada and the chapter on peace speeches by James Joseph.

The themes will be prefaced with introductions by such dignitaries as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Graca Machel, Olive Shisana, Ahmed Kathrada, Wilmot James, Judge Albie Sachs, Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, Jakes Gerwel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Mamphela Ramphele, Mirian Makeba and James Joseph.

This book will also include a number of unusual and mostly unpublished pictures of Nelson Mandela.

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