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UKZN Academic co-authors book on The Other Side of Freedom

11 May, 2017

UKZN Academic Dr Hope Magidimisha has co-authored a new book titled: The Other Side of Freedom: Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle 1950-1994 .

Dr Hope Magidimisha co-authors new book titled The Other Side of Freedom: Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle 1950-1994 published by HSRC Press (2017).

UKZN Academic Dr Hope Magidimisha has co-authored a new book titled: The Other Side of Freedom: Stories of Hope and Loss in the South African Liberation Struggle 1950-1994 .

The book, whose other authors are Gregory Houston, Shepi Mati, Elmé Vivier and Mojalefa Dipholo, presents a compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the liberation struggle.

The chapters present a better and fuller portrait of several unsung heroes and heroines of the South African liberation struggle by penetrating beyond the deeds, ideals, sacrifices, glory and greatness to examine individual human beings who are still living, and their recollections of others who have passed on.

The book also includes a brief chronological account of the liberation struggle between 1950 and 1994, and a conclusive analysis of the autobiographical accounts as well as their legacy.

According to Magidimisha, after more than twenty years of democracy in South Africa, the history of the liberation struggle is losing relevance in the national consciousness as the country grapples with the pressing challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

‘Nevertheless, the liberation struggle spawned many heroes and heroines, some whose contributions have been captured in autobiographies, biographies, book chapters, books and journal articles.’

‘There are many more heroes and heroines that are mere footnotes in the vast historiography of the liberation struggle –whose recollections and reflections are recorded in the words of the authors and their names acknowledged as sources in footnotes. The names of a larger number are not mentioned and do not feature even as footnotes in any publication on the history of the struggle,’ explained Magidimisha.

Published by HSRC Press, the book is available for purchase from HSRC Press, Amazon and all major book retailers. 

Melissa Mungroo

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