Book extract: When Sobukwe and Mbeki rose like eagles


Book extract: When Sobukwe and Mbeki rose like eagles

From ‘Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections’

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Duma Gqubule

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections (Jonathan Ball Publishers) is a collection of thought-provoking and moving essays on Robert Sobukwe, commissioned and edited by his biographer and friend Benjamin Pogrund. Sobukwe was a lecturer, lawyer, founding member and first president of the Pan Africanist Congress, and a Robben Island prisoner.  Here is an extract from Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Duma Gqubule’s essay:

Rise like an eagle: Reinterpreting Sobukwe

There is a train that travels through the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This can be said to be the train of good fortune. It is the train that for decades took hopeful young black South Africans to the powerful centres of education in the Alice and Fort Beaufort areas. It snakes around small, scraggly, forgotten towns and heads northeast towards the town of Alice – leaving behind failing local economies, shattered social arrangements and dismal family financial circumstances. The young people rode the train to leave the bleakness behind...

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