Mphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.
The failures in our present political system are glaring. Nonetheless, Mphuthumi Nthabeni argues that we hold the lion’s share of the blame, for not taking seriously the power we're given to choose our political leaders.
This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and the founding of what would become the ANC, the book is also testimony to the resilience of the black spirit. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reviews The Land is Ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
Tracing the non-romantic and authentic history of the formation of the ANC is not an easy thing to do. But it can be painstakingly done by trawling through newspaper clippings of the black newspapers of the time; from ANC archives; an exercise of intellectual joining of historical dots; and through oral recordings. Dissatisfied with what is on offer, Mphuthumi Ntabeni has decided give it a go, starting by trying to make sense of that history from reading newspaper clips of the era. Follow his journey through time to better understand the politics of South Africa's ruling party.
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