South Africa In Contemporary Times

South Africa In Contemporary Times

by Godfrey Mwakikagile


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ISBN-13: 9780980258738
Publisher: New Africa Press
Publication date: 02/13/2008
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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South Africa In Contemporary Times 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
IsmailR More than 1 year ago
The book is factually correct. I know. I am a South African myself. It is also very well-written and to the point. It is the author's analysis and blunt appraisal of the racial situation in South Africa which infuriates many people who are apologists of the status quo ante and wish we still lived under apartheid, an abominable institution even some racists themselves are ashamed of but still support because of their warped minds and twisted sense of superiority. The book is also prophetic. Read what the author wrote long before what happened to the striking miners who were shot dead by the police on 16 August 2012 at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana while they were fleeing. It is the haves versus the have-nots, and the unwillingness to correct economic and racial injustices, the author has written about in scathing detail, thus kindling the ire of many racists in South Africa and beyond. There will be a revolution by non-whites and the poor in South Africa to bring about fundamental change if nothing is done to correct the racial and economic injustices which still haunt our nation today. Do something now. Otherwise it will be too late.
Khumalo More than 1 year ago
Godfrey Mwakikagile has done a very good job presenting a general picture of South Africa after the end of apartheid, citing many sources, to document his work. But he has also alienated many people, especially non-blacks, because of the positive view he has of the race-conscious policies of affirmative action pursued after the country emerged from the dark era of racial oppression and exploitation of blacks and other non-whites by white racist governments and their supporters for more than 300 years. Former South African minister of foreign affairs, Pik Botha, once said had white leaders of the last apartheid regime known that black-majority governments would pursue policies of affirmative action after the end of white-minority rule, they would never have agreed to power sharing which eventually led to democratic rule. There are many whites who share his view. And that shows there is still a great racial divide that continues to bedevil the country, a point underscored by Mwakikagile in his book. They have also inadvertently vindicated the author's position by holding that view. Another major point he makes in his book is that many whites are not willing to make sacrifices to help correct racial injustices through corrective measures as demanded by many black South Africans and other non-whites, an unwillingness which helps to perpetuate the racial divide. And although blacks have been more willing to forgive whites than whites have been willing to embrace blacks, a point also made by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a radio interview which Mwakikagile has quoted in his book, a large number of whites still don't feel guilty about the racial injustices perpetrated against non-whites by the apartheid regime many of them willingly supported, thus making racial reconciliation difficult to achieve. But it can be done if both sides are willing to accept each other, a point underscored by the author. But opponents of affirmative action policies and other corrective measures which are intended to correct racial injustices and help uplift blacks and other non-whites who have been oppressed for so long will not like this book.