AN AFRICAN EXPLAINS APARTHEID by Jordan K.

AN AFRICAN EXPLAINS APARTHEID

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As defined by the author, ""Apartheid is the doctrine by which the South African government regulates the relations between its black and white citizens"". In his plea for racial equality in South Africa, this native son traces the historical development of this political credo of White Supremacy and the currently precarious situation in his homeland. A journalist and active participant in the fight for racial equality for almost 25 years, Mr. Ngubane admits that he makes no pretension to objectivity. By this admission and his apology for the shortcomings of the book caused by writing hurriedly in ""the heat of battle"", the author commits the dangerous literary practice of diminishing the effect of his work before the reader has had a chance to judge it for himself. Though one cannot doubt his sincerity, his viewpoint is extremely one-sided and he only grudgingly concedes that the blacks have sometimes been at fault. His book is not easy reading; perhaps the past history and present situation are as complex and confusing a picture as the author paints, but there remains a disconcerting lack of continuity. However, despite its short-comings, it does afford an intelligent insight into the kaleidoscopic collective mind of the South African Negro.

Publisher: Praeger