I have not been saying much due to spending a lot of time in preparing the reissue of my prison memoir Inside Apartheid’s Prison, due to be republished by Jacana Media in May. It has required a lot of work because the manuscript that I am working on from the original publisher, a Word document, does not correspond precisely with what is in the published book, which appeared in 2001. In order to ‘reprint’ it, these discrepancies need to be found and corrected and that has taken a lot of time.
The book will have a new introduction or afterword. It has not yet been decided where it will be placed. In this essay, I look back at the character of my involvement in the struggle –what it meant to decide to throw one’s lot in with the oppressed in the fullest sense of the word and be ready to bear the consequences. In joining the struggle, I linked myself to the ANC and SACP, which I saw as embodying the struggle of the oppressed. The same reasons that I had for joining the struggle- seeking an ‘authentic’ way of contributing towards freedom in South Africa- were my reasons for breaking with the ANC/SACP over 10 years ago, at the time of the Zuma rape trial. I discuss these and other matters, in the introduction/afterword.