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Dr Saleem Badat (Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University)

 In 2001, in Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth, Dumisa Ntsebeza and Terry Bell complained that ‘like so much of South Africa’s recent brutal history, we shall probably never know exactly how many people were banished and what happened to all of them’

The Forgotten People: Political Banishment under Apartheid

The apartheid state employed many weapons against its opponents:  imprisonment, banning, detention, assassination - and banishment.  In a practice reminiscent of Tsartist and Soviet Russia, a large number of 'enemies of the state' were banished to remote and often areas, far from their homes, communities and followers.  Here their existence became 'a slow torture of the soul', a kind of social death.

This is the first study of an important but hitherto neglected group of opponents of apartheid, set in a global, historical and comparative perspective.  It looks at the reasons why people were banished, their lives in banishment and the efforts of a remarkable group of activists, led by Helen Joseph, to assist them.  Indeed, this book originated in a promise made by the author to Helen Joseph, who had undertaken an epic journey in 1962 to visit all those banished across the lentgh and breadth of South Africa.  The work is illustrated with stunning photographs by Ernest Cole, Peter Magubane and others.

Saleem Badat is Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University.  He is the author of Black Student, Politics, Higher Education and Apartheid and Black Man, You Are on Your Own, co-author of National Policy and a Regional Response in South African Higher Education, and co-editor of Apartheid Education and Popular Struggle in South Africa

Jacana Media


Black Man, You Are On Your Own has its origins in an academic study of black tertiary student politics under apartheid. Commissioned by the Biko Foundation, the original text has been extensively revised to make the emergence, ideas and activities of the Back Consciousness movement, and specifically the South African Students' Organisation (SASO), available to a wider audience. "Black Man, You Are On Your Own" analyses the ideology, politics and organisational features of SASO and their intellectual, political and social determinants. The book also analyses the role played by SASO in the educational, political and social spheres and the factors that shaped its activities. Finally, it assesses SASO's contribution to the popular struggle against apartheid education and race, class and gender oppression.

Dr Saleem Badat is Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University. Between 1999 and 2006 he was Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Higher Education, which advises the Minister of Education on higher education policy. During the 1980s he occupied leadership positions in local and national student political organisations and the National Education Co-ordinating Committee, and was co-ordinator of Grassroots community newspaper. 

Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Man-You-are-Your/dp/1920222391

Russell Kaschula (1981)

Russell holds a doctorate in African Literature and has published widely in the field of linguistics and literature. He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Oppenheimer Fellowship to the University of London, the Young African Leaders Award and the Nulton International Scholarship for study in the USA. He has been awarded the Nadine Gordimer/COSAW prize for short story writing and the Nasou Via Afrika prize for studies in African literature. He is presently professor of African Language Studies in the School of Languages at Rhodes University.

Mugabe was Right unpacks homophobia, sexism and racism in a funny, yet razor-sharp humour and style. Mugabe was Right is a satirical, upfront piece of writing, weaving an intricate story in the form of a series of highly readable sketches where the characters are both bizarre and believable. The story revolves around the land invasions in Zimbabwe, but it also exposes the abuse of political power, and greed.

The book is available from the NELM Bookshop: email nelm@ru.ac.za

In The Bones of The Ancestors Are Shaking, Russell Kaschula provides an ample introduction to the subject of oral poetry, both drawing on earlier accounts and presenting his own material, much of which has hitherto been unavailable in book form. Kaschula presents rich texts and translations of the Xhosa praise poetry for which southern Africa has long been famous, not only in the context of studies of African oral literature, but also among comparative scholars of world literature. The texts and translations in this book are a valuable and attractive addition to the record, ranging as they do from nineteenth-century examples to late twentieth-century praises for Joe Slovo, F.W. de Klerk, the South African soccer squad or Nelson Mandela, the latter being a special focus of the volume.’
Professor Ruth Finnegan, The Open University, UK

Anton Krueger (Rhodes University Drama Lecturer)

Born in Phalaborwa, South Africa, Anton Robert Krueger is a South African playwright, poet and academic. His plays have been staged in South Africa, as well as in England, Wales, Australia, the U.S.A., Monaco, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. He has published under the pseudonyms of Martin de Porres, Robert Krueger, A.R. Krueger, Perd Booysen (in collaboration with Pravasan Pillay) and Sybrand Baard (in collaboration with Werner Pretorious).

He has recently published his first novella, Sunnyside Sal which is the story of an unusual friendship between two boys growing up in Pretoria. Set in the tumultuous early 1990s, when a whole generation was discovering that everything they’d been taught to believe was wrong, Sal, the narrator, Andreas and a few other friends find themselves in an apartheid-style school during the last gasping years of the National Party’s rein. Fuelled by his reckless bravado and post-punk philosophy, Sal plunges into extreme situations, but his innocent experimentations in rebellion lead him increasingly into hazardous realms. Although ultimately a tragic tale, Sunnyside Sal is borne up throughout by an exuberant humour.

Publisher: Deep South
ISBN: 9780958491563





Herman Wasserman

Prof Wasserman is Deputy Head of Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.  Tabloid Journalism In South Africa examines the success of tabloid journalism in South Africa at a time when global print media are in decline.  Less than a decade after the advent of democracy in South Africa, tabloid newspapers have taken the county by storm.  One of these papers – the Daily Sun- is now the largest in the country, but it has generated controversy for its perceived lack of respect for privacy, brazen sexual content, and unrestrained truth-stretching.  Herman Wasserman considers the social significance of the tabloids and how they play a role in integrating readers and their daily struggles with the political and social sphere of the new democracy.  Wasserman shows how these papers have found an important niche in popular and civic culture largely ignored by the mainstream media and formal political channels.

 Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa provides students and scholars with a critical perspective on issues relating to popular media, democracy and citizenship outside the global North.  As part of the Routledge series Internationalizing Media Studies, the book responds to the important challenge of broadening perspectives on media studies by bringing together a range of expert analyses of media in the African continent that will be of interest to students and scholars of media in Africa and further afield.

 Books available at amazon.co

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