By the end of the 1960’s, opposition to apartheid was in disarray. Yet in the space of a few short years, major and radical challenges developed that would set the country on a new path.
This lively and original book tells the story of a generation of activists who embraced new forms of opposition politics that would have profound consequences. in the process it rescues the early 1970’s from previous neglect and shows just how crucial these years were in the struggle to transform society.
Glenn Moss was a student leader at Wits University in the 1970’s. Detained and charged under security legislation in the mid-1970’s, he was acquitted after a year-long trial. He went on to edit Work in Progress and the South African Review, head Ravan Press, and then work as a consultant to South Africa’s first post-apartheid government.
”A much-needed and engrossing personal account of the embryonic student and the black trade union movements of the early seventies…Through their actions, the radicalism of this generation defined a new politics of opposition.” – Barbara Hogan
”Fascinating and important insight into the emergence of a brave young radicalism of the early 1970’s…looking back there is much need for honest reflection and the author does us a service with his well worked research and writing.” – Ronnie Kasrils