Speeches that Shaped South Africa

From Malan to Malema

Martha Evans

This fascinating book features and analyzes the most significant South African speeches from the beginning of apartheid to the present.
Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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ISBN : 9781776091416
Pages : 384
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
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Great speeches have the power to bring about political change, and South Africa lays claim to some of the world’s most skilled orators, from Nelson Mandela, whose courageous statement from the dock inspired the liberation struggle, to Desmond Tutu, whose ‘Rainbow People of God’ speech prepared the country for a new era. On the other side of the political spectrum, who can forget P.W. Botha’s infamous Rubicon speech, an oratorical flop which took the country backwards during the 1980s, or F.W. de Klerk’s unbanning of the ANC in 1990, which took it forwards again?

Speeches that Shaped South Africa is the first collection of these historic utterances, featuring key speeches from the beginning of apartheid to the present. It includes Harold Macmillan’s ‘Wind of Change’, Thabo Mbeki’s ‘I am an African’ and Mmusi Maimane’s ‘Broken Man’ speech. Also featured are Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, Steve Biko, Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Julius Malema and many others. The book covers past and present shenanigans in Parliament, clandestine broadcasts on Radio Freedom, moving funeral eulogies that celebrate our political giants, and the informal rhetoric of populist crowd pleasers.

Accompanying each speech is a commentary that places it in a historical context and explores its effects. Accessible and engaging, this analysis is based on original research and offers fresh insights into events. This is a fascinating journey through South African history over the past seventy years.

About The Author

Martha Evans is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, specializing in the history of the media. She has an MA in creative writing and a PhD in media studies from UCT, and she has worked as a writer, editor, copywriter, and mass communication strategist. She has published poetry in New Contrast and other publications, has written articles for various newspapers and magazines, and was the winner of the Sunday Independent travel writing competition in 2008. Her first book was Broadcasting the End of Apartheid: Television and the Birth of the New South Africa, published in 2014.

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