Long Road to Liberation: An Exiled Namibian Activist's Perspective (Paperback)

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Long Road to Liberation: An Exiled Namibian Activist's Perspective (Paperback)

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'This book is an important milestone in the history not only of Namibia, but of Africa. Author Hans Beukes leaves the reader with total freedom to make his own conclusions about our country's "long walk to liberation". The metaphor is clear. A long walk that uncovers a lot of experiences and brings a lot of realisations.' Professor Mburumba Kerina In the late 1950s Hans Beukes, a native of the then South West Africa, was a student at the University of Cape Town when he won a 'solidarity scholarship' tenable for three years at the University of Oslo in Norway. 'At your age, Mr Beukes, ' his professor in Constitutional History told him, 'it ought to be an adventure.' And so it turned out. As he was about to board an ore carrier bound for Oslo from Port Elizabeth, the South African government confiscated his passport. Back in Cape Town he met an American activist who would become a key figure in the US Civil Rights movement. Allard Lowenstein had no words of comfort for him, but a challenge: 'Unless some of you are prepared to leave the comfort of your homes to go to fight the regime on the world stage, where they now monopolise opinion, you can forget about getting rid of apartheid.' Beukes accepted the challenge. Thus was launched 'the Beukes case' in the annals of the international tug-of-war about the future of the Territory that would become Namibia. The author paints a memorable picture of the protracted struggles against the apartheid government, and of the ceaseless work done in mobilising international public opinion against that repressive regime.
Hans Beukes was born in the then South West Africa, now Namibia; attended school there and in South Africa - before going into exile - and graduated in Economics at the University of Oslo; employment in the public service before becoming a teacher - at secondary and high schools; a spell as Scandinavian correspondent for the Afrikaans language newspaper, Die Burger of Cape Town; married, with two sons and three grandsons.
Product Details ISBN: 9781505359022
ISBN-10: 1505359023
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 8th, 2014
Pages: 406
Language: English