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PR-HIDDEN-SIDE-SA-POLITICS SAPA PR -- NEW BOOK PUBLISHED ENTITLED "THE HIDDEN SIDE OF SA POLITICS
Oct 12, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Issued by: Media Pack

Attention: News Editors

For immediate release:

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.

For book reviews and interviews please contact:
Boitumelo Mofokeng
Media Pack
082 453 8692/011 615 8375


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