This book meticulously takes the reader through the formation of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa and the critical role it played in the liberation struggle as a body independent of the African National Congress but sharing a common view of the establishment of a free, unitary, non-racial and democratic South Africa. Contralesa holds a very special place in the history of the Congress Movement and the struggle for liberation for its role in organising traditional leaders during a very difficult period in our history
— Former President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
Trim size: 230 x 150mm
Page count: 304 pages
Imagery: Black & white photographs
Genre: Cultural History
In the words of the author, ‘This book addresses an era that has since gone by, yet, in my humble view, it remains relevant to those who are interested in the recent history of the position of the institution of traditional leadership, especially at the time of transition from apartheid to democracy.’
When the late Professor Fatima Meer, then at the University of Natal, came across a file containing some documents pertaining to Holomisa’s involvement in the activities of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), she immediately insisted that he publish it in book form. An idea that was also strongly supported by Dr WinnieMadikizela-Mandela.
The book consists of three parts:
Part 1: The Consolidation of Contralesa
Part 2: Speeches and Addresses by NkosiHolomisa
Part 3: Contralesa statements
The books contain an editorial note by Professor Pearl Mpile Sithole of the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a foreword by former president Jacob Zuma, and an introduction by Dr Winnie Madikizela Mandela. A list of acronyms used in the book, three photo sections of —and the genealogical trees of — South Africa’s monarchs make this book a most comprehensive study of Contralesa’s role in the era of the Mass Democratic Movement’s struggles in the late 1980s, the period of the unbanning of liberation movements and the release of their leaders from jail, as well as the post-1994 era of Nelson Mandela.