Drawing on lengthy interviews with ‘Oom Gov’, it analyses his thinking, expressed in his writings over 50 years. This helps establish what is distinctive about him: as African nationalist and as committed Marxist – more than any other leader of the liberation movement, he sought to link theory and practice, ideas and action. The biography also explores controversial aspects of Mbeki’s personality and career: his reputation as a hardliner, the personal and psychological price paid for militancy, and his role in the tensions within the ANC leadership on Robben Island.
Govan Mbeki – A Jacana Pocket History
This biography of Govan Mbeki (1910-2001), activist and intellectual, goes beyond the narrative details of his long life.