Book Review - Memoirs of a Born Free - St Andrew's College

Book Review – Memoirs of a Born Free

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Book Review – Memoirs of a Born Free

In her book, Memoirs of a Born Free, Malaika Mahlatsi boldly argues that Apartheid isn’t over – she uses the life experiences of her grandmother, her mother and her own to interrogate how institutionalised racism offers a view of South Africa that contradicts the implied racial liberation of the so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’. Recounting her upbringing in a black township in Soweto, the death of her beloved uncle under the watch of the secret police, and lastly, her alienation at multiracial schools in Johannesburg – she evokes a country still held in thrall by de facto apartheid. Even though she started her university education at Stellenbosch University, Mahlatsi holds a postgraduate degree in the Science faculty from Rhodes University in Makhanda. She is a writer, a social commentator and a feminist.

We would like to thank Ayomide Israel-Akinbo, Lamlani Yawa, Alex Hutton and Aiden Wood for an entertaining provocative book review. The gentlemen of College showed maturity and understanding of key themes that emerged from the book. We acknowledge the presence of pupils from Kingswood College and The Diocesan School for Girls in the path to creating anti-discriminatory schools through literature and discussions.

Mr Lewis Manthata (Deputy Headmaster)