Two Sobukwe Biographies ReLaunched

TWO rare and under-circulated Sobukwe biographies, ‘Here Is A Tree: The Political Biography of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe’ by Elias Ntloedibe   and ‘The Land Is Ours: The Political Biography of Mangaliso Sobukwe’ by Dr. Motsoko Pheko will be relaunched tonight,Tuesday, 31st July 2018, a day known as Afrikan Heroes Day in honour of Muziwakhe Anton Lembede.

The event, a collaboration between the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust, the Blackhouse Kollective and African Flavour Books, forms part of the Sobukwe 40 Years On: A Silenced Voice of Liberation commemorative programme.

Details of the book launch are as follows:

DATE: Tuesday, 31st July 2018 (Afrikan Heroes Day)

VENUE: African Flavour Books, 20 Melle Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

TIME: 17:00 for 17:30

PANEL: Dr. Motsoko Pheko, Author, The Land IsOurs: Political Biography of Mangaliso Sobukwe

Mr. Manfred Molebaloa, Publisher, Here Is A Tree, Political Biography of Robert Sobukwe MC:

Ms. Zandi Radebe, Blackhouse Kollective (BHK)

Whilst scholarly material and literature on Sobukwe is very rare and largely inaccessible to the general public in South Africa, these two literary biographies on Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, written by his colleagues, Elias Ntloedibe and Dr. Motsoko Pheko, provide a critical perspective to the life and times of Robert Sobukwe and explore areas untouched by any other scholars or research work.

Here Is A Tree provides new insights and unpublished facts about Sobukwe’s philosophy on the direction of the Azanian revolution. It is the story of the first political prisoner to be imprisoned on the notorious Robben Island in modern times. It is a valuable material for researchers and students of history and politics.

The Land Is Ours is a thoroughly researched literary work by Dr. Motsoko Pheko. He makes one of the most compelling accounts of the political legacy of Mangaliso Sobukwe. He laments the narrow, one-sided historical and political narrative of the liberation struggle, highlighting the significant contributions of Robert Sobukwe and the PAC.

First published more than two decades ago, in 1985 and 1995 respectively, both books are written from and give an insider’s perspective on the political thought and philosophical worldview of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe and the Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania.

About the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust Sobukwe (RMST) 40 Years On: A Silenced Voice of Liberation 

The RMST is a community based non-profit organization inspired by the intellectual work and legacy of the late anti-apartheid activist and PanAfricanist leader, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. It was established in 2008. Its vision is to be the chief advocate and promoter of the values, ideals and intellectual tradition Robert Sobukwe sacrificed his life for: the liberation of humanity.

Based in Sobukwe’s hometown of Graaff-Reinet, a Karoo town in the Eastern Cape, the Trust aims to advance the thoughts and ideals of Robert Sobukwe and ensure that his voice is raised within African and international discourse. A key priority is to strengthen the rural communities of Graaff-Reinet and its surrounds, through innovative strategies that conserve our cultural and natural environment. Currently, the Sobukwe Trust is completing the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Museum and Learning Centre in uMasizakhe, Sobukwe’s birthplace and the 4 th oldest township in South Africa. The ecofriendly, ‘green’ museum will interpret the life and times of Robert Sobukwe and foreground centuries of liberation struggle in the Graaff-Reinet area. Building construction is now in the final stages, supported by the National Lottery Commission.

For more information about the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust (RMST) contact us via email: or or call 049 891 1007 / 079 392 7552. Like our Facebook page: Follow us on Twitter: @Sobukwe_Trust

About TheBlackhouse Kollective

The Blackhouse Kollective (BHK) is a formation of Black Power – PanAfrikanist activists founded by the Blackwash Movement of Azania. The Kollective includes social activists, students in law; philosophy; political sciences; artists, students in information technology; entrepreneurs, educators; professors, intellectuals and young professionals. BHK is invested in the work of reviving the black radical scholarly tradition as espoused by activist scholars like Archie Mafeje and Franz Fanon, by way of interrogating and decolonising knowledge and knowledge production as we know it, and with the purpose of defying white racist epistemologies and colonial pedagogy currently disseminated by South African schools and universities.

For more information, media queries and interviews please contact the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Trust’s Programme Coordinator (Consultant), Mr. Thando Sipuye, via email: or call 060 454 4949.

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