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Walking with Giants – Sindiso Mfenyana

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Walking with Giants – Sindiso Mfenyana

Sindiso Mfenyana discusses his autobiography Walking With Giants. (Editing: Christo Greyling)

31st January 2018

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This autobiography has as its primary focus political history, in particular the history of the ANC in South Africa and in exile. Sindiso Mfenyana, in a refreshingly straightforward way, how he and his peers experienced life in South Africa in the 1950’s.

His politicization in Cradock through such events as the 1952 Defiance Campaign and later at the University of Fort Hare give the background for his recruitment into the ANC underground.

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In the Soviet Union he received further education and played a leadership role for decades before returning to South Africa in the early 1990’s. One of the most interesting parts of the manuscript is his dealing with the philosophical conflict between Atheism and Christianity.

A true non-racialist with a broad view of the world, he reflects a generation of South Africans who were educated in the East European socialist countries. He was widely read and knowledgeable about global affairs; he understood the politics of most African countries and hoped to contribute to the building of a new South Africa.

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Sindiso Mfenyana is a liberation struggle figure, member of MK in exile, member of ANC NEC in exile, diplomat and first Black Full Secretary to Parliament.

Walking with Giants is published by South Africa History Online

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