336pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (!991) 2015
This book was first published as "Learning from Robben Island: the prison writings of Govan Mbeki". Includes a new afterword by Colin Bundy.
A collection of essays, written by Govan Mbeki (1910-2001) while in prison on Robben Island. They were written for his fellow prisoners and their aim was to educate politically.
Govan Mbeki (1910-2001) was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the South African Communist Party (SACP). In 1964, after the Rivonia Trial, he was imprisoned on charges of terrorism and treason, together with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Ahmed Kathrada and other ANC leaders. He was released in 1987, and served in South Africa's post-apartheid Senate from 1994 to 1997 as Deputy President of the Senate. He then served in the Senate's successor, the National Council of Provinces, from 1997 to 1999.