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Thambi Naidoo and Family: Struggle for a Non-Racial Democracy in South Africa

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Thambi Naidoo and Family: Struggle for a Non-Racial Democracy in South Africa

Ismail Vadi unpacks his book 'Thambi Naidoo and Family: Struggle for a Non-Racial Democracy' (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

9th June 2021

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Thambi Naidoo and his Family: Struggle for a Non-Racial Democracy is a poignant and well-documented account of a family, through four generations spanning over 100 years, who have committed themselves to the fight for freedom in South Africa and who continue to be the foot soldiers of our constitutional democracy.

The individual stories of each of the ‘Congress Naidoos’ is contextualised alongside a historical timeline detailing Indian indenture and migration, the various Satyagraha campaigns, as well as the eventual collaboration and culmination of different political groupings dedicated towards challenging the Apartheid regime. In this regard, the book offers both an insight into a legendary and inspirational family, as well as a detailed political record that is of benefit to current and future generations.

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Books that document the lives of struggle stalwarts are important for the preservation of memory. They serve as a time capsule that we can return to and get lost in – where we can marvel at the triumph and generosity of spirit, as well as draw inspiration and hope from generations who have dedicated their lives towards the fight for freedom. Our individual development as activists is strongly rooted in the collective struggles of those who came before us.

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Ismail Vadi is the former Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport

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