Looking back on life with humility

2008-04-30 00:00

Dr Frank Mdlalose’s (the first premier of KwaZulu-Natal) delightful and short autobiography has a humility and gentleness that covers a tough commitment to justice, non-racism and service to the community mixed with with a deep love for his family.

The descriptions of the indignities he encountered as a black man in the old South Africa, compounded because he was among the few who had a university education as a medical doctor, are painful, but he records the basic decency that he also encountered. As Dr Oscar Dhlomo said about Frank Mdlalose, “he can keep his cool even under the most challenging circumstances”. Like many of the principled and brightest democrats who are former IFP activists, he now gives his political support to NADECO (the National Democratic Convention).

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