PR-HIDDEN-SIDE-SA-POLITICS SAPA PR -- NEW BOOK PUBLISHED ENTITLED "THE HIDDEN SIDE OF SA POLITICS
Oct 12, 2009 at 12:21 PM
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Johannesburg - "We must discover our mission for our country and our African Continent, and then fulfil it, and not betray it", reads the last line in the book published by Tokoloho Publishers, entitled "The Hidden Side of South African Politics" by Dr Motsoko Pheko, former Member of the South African Parliament.
It is this last line that embodies the truth, reflections and insights of our country's politics, especially of the liberation movements and what they achieved or did not achieve.
In this title, the author seeks to educate present and future generations and, correct distortions reflected in the history of the liberation of South Africa.
The five chapters trace the founding of the current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), the formation of break away group that formed the PAC and, issues that united and divided them and how PAC led the struggle inside the country and at the United Nations to get the then apartheid South Africa expelled from this body.
Political scientists, historians and researchers; scholars of African studies and literature; social and economic development studies will find this book not only a scholarly piece of writing but a thought provoking and intriguing presentation of the hidden side of the politics of our country.
This first hand experience of the struggle with the ideology of the mission for liberation of South Africa from the tyrannical apartheid rule invokes reflections and challenges the current status quo of black majority rule - which according to Pheko, is only in political role as the economy is still a preserve for the few and majority are still landless.
State University of California Prof A.J Moloi, describes the author's book as "a fascinating piece of writing by a courageous leader" whilst the Hon N Maphanya, Member of Lesotho Parliament affirms him for this book noting without which, "the liberation history remains a distortion"
The Hidden Side of South African Politics will be launched on Tuesday 27th October at Museum Africa, Newtown.
The media, political and social scientists, academia and scholars of African history, representatives of various interest groups are invited to attend what promises to be an open dialogue with the author. The programme starts at 18:30 with a brief tour of Museum Africa's thematic exhibition.
RSVP with Boitumelo Mofokeng by Friday 23rd October 2009
About the Author
Dr Motsoko Pheko is an author of several books on history, law, political science and theology. Some of his published titles include Apartheid: The Story Of A, Dispossessed People, How Africans Can Regain Their Lost Power, Land Is Money And Power, Who Are The Africans? The History of Robben Island Must Be Preserved, The History Of Sharpeville Must Be Told, The Early Church In Africa (1st To 7th Century And Today. His hundreds of articles have been published nationally and internationally.
The former President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), he has been a member of the PAC since 1960 and has served it in various capacities.
Dr. Pheko is also a former Representative of the African liberation struggle at the United Nations in New York and at the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
During the struggle against apartheid and colonialism, he was imprisoned in South Africa, Mozambique and Rhodesia for his anti-colonial activities. He was in exile for 30 years.
He holds a B.A. degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in Political Science and Systematic Theology and reading Sociology and History; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia, a Master of Laws degree in international law from the University of London, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Kensington.
He is an Advocate for the High Court of Zambia as well as an Advocate for the Supreme Court of South Africa.
Hundreds of his articles have been published nationally and internationally.
During the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, 26th August to 4th September, Dr. Pheko gave a paper titled "Can there be Sustainable Development without Repossession of Land by the Indigenous People?"
Dr, Pheko is a Founder of Daystar University in Kenya (Nairobi) and of Tokoloho Development Association in South Africa. The latter promotes and researches indigenous knowledge of the African people before they were colonized and publishes this knowledge in print, audio and videotapes. Pheko steadfastly fights for the decolonisation of the African mind.
He has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
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