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This memoir sketches the life of the late Jack Simons, an independent-minded Marxist scholar, activist, revolutionary, teacher, and hero of the South African struggle. It details his dynamic political lectures in the camps of Umkhonto weSizwe in Angola and Tanzania. Through his diaries, he reveals the experiences of the people in these camps, many of whom are in government today.
“A giant anti-apartheid veteran, true Afrikaner and patriotic South African . . . counted among the greatest heroes of the struggle of our people.” —Nelson Mandela, on Jack Simons
Marion Sparg was a journalist and political activist who is now the CEO of the National Prosecuting Authority’s multidisciplinary agency, the Directorate of Special Operations, commonly known as the Scorpions. Jenny Schreiner is a former member of Western Cape parliament who has worked on various projects for the Labour Research Commission, the Centre for Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and the UWC Historical and Cultural Centre. Gwen Ansell is a freelance journalist and lecturer in media skills. She is the author of Introduction to Journalism and South African Jazz: Soweto Blues.
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