South African poet and publisherJaki Seroke has written a compelling memoir entitled 'Zwelethu: Our Land'. It tells of his journey his birth in Alexandria township near Sandton, to his politicisation in 1976, to his spending time on Robben Island after he was arrested at a roadblock near Koster while working as an underground courier for Pan Africanist Congress exiles. He also emerged as a delegate at CODESA, where he helped to shape a democratic South Africa. After 1994, having decided that parliamentary politics were not for him, he joined the corporate sector and committed to a new kind of struggle – that of economic transformation in ‘our land’. In this extract entitled 'The stuggle continues' Seroke writes about the breakup of PEN International SA and a love affair he had.
The Struggle Continues