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Challenging the prevailing narrative: The Thabo Mbeki I Know edited by Miranda Strydom and Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu

The Thabo Mbeki I KnowOut now from Pan Macmillan: The Thabo Mbeki I Know, edited by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom:

Forewords by Judge Barney Afako and Professor Mahmood Mamdani

The Thabo Mbeki I Know is a collection that celebrates one of South Africa’s most exceptional thought leaders. The contributors include those who first got to know Thabo Mbeki as a young man, in South Africa and in exile, and those who encountered him as a statesman and worked alongside him as an African leader.

In The Thabo Mbeki I Know, these friends, comrades, statesmen, politicians and business associates provide insights that challenge the prevailing academic narrative and present fresh perspectives on the former president’s time in office and on his legacy – a vital undertaking as we approach a decade since an embattled Mbeki left office.

Edited by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom, The Thabo Mbeki I Know provides readers with an opportunity to reassess Thabo Mbeki’s contribution to post-apartheid South Africa, as both deputy president and president; to the African continent and diaspora, as a highly respected state leader; and to the international community as a whole.

About the editors

Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is an Executive Director at the South African Democracy Education Trust, he has a PhD in History from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MA in History from the University of Natal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the multi-volume Road to Democracy in South Africa series. He is also the author of The Soweto Uprisings: Counter-memories of June 1976. He is a Professor of History at the University of South Africa and also a member of UNESCO’s Scientific Committee responsible for updating the General History of Africa series.

Miranda Strydom was born and raised in Swaziland. She arrived in South Africa in 1995 where she started working as an economics reporter for SABC Radio. She later joined Business Report until she was recruited to the news team of the newly launched News in 1998. Miranda was appointed Business Editor for the Sowetan newspaper and after a short stint as communications adviser to then Minister of Public Enterprises, Jeff Radebe, she returned to the SABC as a member of the presidential press corps until she left the media industry in 2011 to join the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

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