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OP-ED: Exiles from the future

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Miriam Makeba with an unnamed man, circa 1970. (Photo Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Miriam Makeba with an unnamed man, circa 1970. (Photo Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Michael Ochs

If we view the gaps in our "struggle archives" that serve to erase the participation of women in the national liberation movement and its external mission parallel to the silencing of Blacks or Africans in history, we begin to understand the importance of bringing Malibongwe: Poems from the struggle by ANC women back into print and circulation. 

Here we would have to confront the narrative of the ANC in exile, the liberation agenda, and the "danger of the single story" in relation to the place of women in post-apartheid South Africa. By connecting these three narratives in view of the "new" material presented in this anthology, we begin to disrupt the narrative of "sons of the soil" and "fathers of the nation". 

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