YEAR OF FIRE, YEAR OF ASH, the Soweto revolt: roots of a revolution?

: Hirson (B.)

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354pp., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, (1979) 2016

 

Barusch Hirson's account of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt was first published in the UK in 1979. This new edition was first published in the UK in 2016. It includes a new foreword by Shula Marks and an abridged transcription of an interview with Billy Masetlha, conducted by Bernard Magubane and Gregory Houston in 2004. Masetlha was a member of the Soweto Student's Representative Council in 1976, a founder member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the Azanian Student's Organisation (AZASO), and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency in President Thabo Mbeki's government until 2006.

South African historian and anti-apartheid activist Barush Hirson was jailed for nine years for his involvement with the ANC-affiliated "African Resistance Movement" which carried out acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime. After his release he moved to England. His other books include Yours For The Union: class and community struggles in South Africa, The Delegate For Africa: David Ivon Jones, 1883-1924 co-authored with Gwyn Williams, and his autobiography, Revolutions In My Life. He died in London in 1999.