Unisa Press

The Road to Democracy in South Africa Volume 7

Soweto Uprisings: New Perspective, Commemorations and Memorialisation

Author: SADET
Published: 2017-10-05 00:00:00.0
ISBN: 978-1-86888-908-2
Number of pages: 270
Prices: R 530 | $ 37 | £ 26 | € 31
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This latest contribution to The Road to Democracy series deftly analyses commemorations and memorialisations of the 1976 uprisings in Soweto. Voices of authorities, police and veterans of the struggle are shared through collective memories, eyewitness accounts, and oral history testimonies. These voices, and the experiences of activists, participants and observers of the uprisings, provide readers with a palpable and arresting ‘truth’ more compelling than that of a dispassionate history text. This volume, the seventh in the series, postulates that history is about change at a given time: while pursuing a fragile balance between partisanship and objectivity, history is open to continuous reassessment and reappraisal, revision and re-examination, construction and reconstruction.

This volume, rooted as it is in primary evidence and archival material, rather than in abstract theories, offers readers rare insights from the voices and sometimes piecemeal memories of the students, parents and authorities who lived through those turbulent and momentous days.

Table of content

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Notes on contributors xii

List of acronyms xv

Introduction xvii


Chapter 1

Cultural imperialism, language and ideological struggles inside the Soweto classrooms
By Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu 1

Chapter 2

The anatomy of the crowd
By Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu 41

Chapter 3

The centrality of public and oral history in mapping the Soweto uprising routes
By Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Ali Khangela Hlongwane 79

Chapter 4

The 1976 Soweto students’ uprising and its aftermath in parts of the Northern Transvaal
By Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi 126

Chapter 5

‘Angeke bemhlule umlungu. Umlungu unamandla
(They won’t defeat the whites. Whites are powerful)’1: Students protest in Mzinoni township, Bethal, 1972−1977
By Tshepo Moloi 143

Chapter 6

June 16 1976 Soweto uprisings: A journey into the contested world of commemoration
By Ali Khangela Hlongwane 165

Chapter 7

‘Bricks-and-mortar testimonies’: The interactive and dialogical features of the memorials and monuments of the June 16 1976 Soweto uprisings
By Ali Khangela Hlongwane 195

Chapter 8

History, memory, tourism and curatorial mediations: The Hector Pieterson Museum and the representation of the story of the June 16 1976 Uprisings
By Ali Khangela Hlongwane 227

Select bibliography 251

Index 257