Essay on robben island

2013
The Armory Show, Goodman Gallery, New York, USA
2012
Art Miami, Dean Projects, New York, USA
Art Basel Miami, Goodman Gallery, USA
2010
‘Hail to The Thief’, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, SA
‘In Other Words’, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
Spier Contemporary, City Hall, Cape Town, SA
2009
‘Words!’, AVA , Cape Town, SA
‘Crocodile Tears II ’, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
‘Strengths and Convictions: The life and times of the South African Peace Prize Laureates’,
South African National Gallery, Cape Town, SA
2008
Johannesburg Art Fair, The Goodman Gallery, SA
2007
‘Turbulence’, HANGAR -7, Salzburg, Austria
‘Lift Off II ’, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, SA
‘Crocodile Tears’, The Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, SA
‘Cape 07’ Biennale, Cape Town, SA
2006
Art Basel Miami, USA : The Goodman Gallery
‘Sleep Sleep’, The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, SA and João Ferreira Gallery,
Cape Town, SA

“South Africa has jailed so many gifted men and women that there already exists a sizeable body of prison writing…The essays by Govan Mbeki which comprise this book add to this distinguished list. Yet they differ in important respects from all others: they were written, circulated and preserved in prison. They were never intended for publication but to be read by other prisoners; their aim is not to share an experience but to educate politically. They are remarkable documents.

“They offer historians and political scientists valuable raw material for any study of the ANC-SACP alliance. They provide activists with a distillation of practical lessons about political organisation, learned in the most testing conditions. They include extended historical, political and economic analyses that must be read alongside Mbeki's other writings in any assessment of the intellectual history of the South African left. And they are pages in a truly international literature — a record throughout the ages of the creativity and indomitability of people imprisoned for their beliefs. These prison essays mark a victory in the continuing contest between the pen and the sword.”

— Professor Colin Bundy in his introduction

Madiba was in great spirits. After our introduction we were led to two chairs that had been set up near the window in the lounge. One must remember that when photographing Madiba no flash photography is allowed. The air was crisp that Johannesburg morning and the sunlight poured in through the curtains. Madiba sat down first, then I sat down next to him in the opposite chair. It began like a page out of Laurens van der Post’s Yet Being Someone Other : we cast our nets out into the deep and were rewarded with the harvesting of the most infinitely descriptive, yet wonderfully told stories of this great man’s life. They were intimate details of his thoughts, creatively mixed together with jokes.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Bill, which dealt with how SABC Board members were appointed and fired, was passed by Parliament in 2008.  Once more, Parliament’s Opposition parties objected, claiming that the Bill held the Board accountable to Parliament and could thus effectively be fired by Parliament if it “did not affect Parliament’s wishes.”  In this way, they claimed, that the SABC could not be an independent entity.  Again, the ANC was eager for the Bill to be passed quickly.  Motlanthe signed the Bill only after he was convinced that certain provisions, which were unconstitutional, were brought in line with the constitution. 

Essay on robben island

essay on robben island

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Bill, which dealt with how SABC Board members were appointed and fired, was passed by Parliament in 2008.  Once more, Parliament’s Opposition parties objected, claiming that the Bill held the Board accountable to Parliament and could thus effectively be fired by Parliament if it “did not affect Parliament’s wishes.”  In this way, they claimed, that the SABC could not be an independent entity.  Again, the ANC was eager for the Bill to be passed quickly.  Motlanthe signed the Bill only after he was convinced that certain provisions, which were unconstitutional, were brought in line with the constitution. 

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