Kader Asmal

Kader Asmal, lawyer and teacher, South African Cabinet minister, and the driving force behind the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, has been called many things - 'small, bustling, curious, courageous, indefatigable' (Irish Times) and 'dapper, combative, witty, cantankerous, sarcastic, urbane, precisely spoken' (Sunday Times). The son of a small-town shopkeeper from Natal, his life took him as far as exile in the UK, on to a senior position at Trinity College Dublin, and back to a free South Africa, governed by an exemplary Constitution, which he helped devise. These memoirs are not only Asmal's personal journey. They are also the story of South Africa's transition from apartheid to freedom and democracy, in which he played a significant role, as a member of the ANC' Constitutional Committee and negotiating team and later as an MP and Cabinet minister under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. They provide testimony, too, to Asmal's lifelong dedication to freedom, equality and justice - ideals enshrined in the country's Bill of Rights, which he played a major part in writing.

Review:

'Of how many others can it be said that they remained so faithful in power to the principles they enunciated in opposition?' - Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times
Author:
Kader Asmal Adrian Hadland
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Kader Asmal, lawyer and teacher, South African Cabinet minister, and the driving force behind the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, has been called many things - 'small, bustling, curious, courageous, indefatigable' (Irish Times) and 'dapper, combative, witty, cantankerous, sarcastic, urbane, precisely spoken' (Sunday Times). The son of a small-town shopkeeper from Natal, his life took him as far as exile in the UK, on to a senior position at Trinity College Dublin, and back to a free South Africa, governed by an exemplary Constitution, which he helped devise. These memoirs are not only Asmal's personal journey. They are also the story of South Africa's transition from apartheid to freedom and democracy, in which he played a significant role, as a member of the ANC' Constitutional Committee and negotiating team and later as an MP and Cabinet minister under Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. They provide testimony, too, to Asmal's lifelong dedication to freedom, equality and justice - ideals enshrined in the country's Bill of Rights, which he played a major part in writing.

Review:

'Of how many others can it be said that they remained so faithful in power to the principles they enunciated in opposition?' - Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

Product details

Author:
Kader Asmal, Adrian Hadland
Subtitle:
Politics in My Blood
Publisher:
Jacana Media
ISBN:
9781770099036
Audience:
General
Pages:
313
Width (mm):
152
Length (mm):
233
Additional Info:
Adrian Hadland is a former foreign correspondent, a columnist, and a political editor with more than 15 years of experience. He has served on the South African Press Ombudsman's Appeal Panel and has consulted for both the United Nations and the World Bank. He is the author of Advertising in the News: Paid-for Content and the South African Print Media and Re-Visioning Television: Policy, Strategy, and Models for the Sustainable Development of Community Television in South Africa.
Weight (g):
657

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