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Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of South Africa’s Constitution by André Odendaal (with editorial contributions by Albie Sachs).
Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of South Africa’s Constitution by André Odendaal (with editorial contributions by Albie Sachs).

BOOK: Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of South Africa’s Constitution by André Odendaal (with editorial contributions by Albie Sachs).

Drawing on the personal archives of participants, Dear Comrade President explains how the purposeful first steps were taken in the making of South Africa’s Constitution. Why and how did this process happen? What were the first written words? When and where were they put on paper? By whom? What values did they espouse? And how did the committee’s work fit into the broader struggle? This book answers these questions in new, paradigm-shifting ways. André Odendaal is writer in residence and honorary professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. His dozen books include The Founders: The Origins of the African National Congress and the Struggle for Democracy (2012); Pitch Battles: Sport, Racism and Resistance (2020), co-authored with Peter Hain; and the jointly edited Robben Island Rainbow Dreams (2021) on the making of democratic South Africa’s first heritage institution.

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