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Danny Massey

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Sobukwe, Mugabe, Brutus discussed at Durban Under Protest launch

Adv. Marumo Moerane, Judge Vuka Tshabalala and Professor Herby Govinden were among former students to attend the Durban launch of Under Protest Tuesday night at Ike’s Books and Collectables. The evening followed an informal format, with the dozen or so Fort Harians in attendance wowing the rest of the crowd with tales of their student days. Leslie Peters spoke of living next door to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. He recalled Mugabe being almost painfully quiet and shy and said there was absolutely “no indication” he would go on to any sort of leadership position. Rama Thumbadoo recalled the political prowess Robert Sobuwke exhibited as a student and told of playing on the Beda Hall cricket team with Dennis Brutus.

Adv. Moerane spoke of the devastating effects of the 1960 apartheid government takeover and Judge Tshabalala spoke, among other topics, about the students heeding the call of the ANC to participate in a potato boycott in the late 1950s.

Many of the Indian students in attendance, including Prof. Govinden and Dr. G.S. Tootla, spoke of the role Fort Hare played in smashing prejudices that had been ingrained in them about black South Africans.

More memories coming Thursday at the Joburg launch at Xarra Books.


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