WOMEN IN SOLITARY, inside the female resistance to apartheid

: Naidoo (S.)

R 335.00
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264pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020


In 1969-1970 seven women, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, were held in solitary confinement in Pretoria Central Prison for more than a year and removed from their cells only for interrogation and torture. Includes interviews with four of these women - Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin, Rita Ndzanga, Shanthie Naidoo and Nondwe Mankahla - all of whom refused to testify in the 'Trial of 22' in 1969.

"This book does the tangible work of elevating the many untold stories and lives of women in the struggle for democracy. As one turns the pages, you are left with visceral emotions because we are these women, and they are us. This work is important in the collective healing of the wounds in our hearts."  Tlaleng Mofokeng, founding member and Vice Chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa

"An eloquent salute to the women whose shoulders we walk on. A vital reminder." Ferial Haffajee, Associate Editor, Daily Maverick