Madiba did not sell out – Mandla Langa talks about Dare Not Linger, the sequel to Long Walk to Freedom
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Radio 702’s Azania Mosaka spoke to to Mandla Langa recently about the new book Dare Not Linger, the story of Nelson Mandela’s presidential years.
Dare Not Linger is the sequel to Long Walk to Freedom, completed from Madiba’s manuscript by Langa.
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Mosaka asked Langa about current public opinion on Mandela, specifically younger South Africans who are anxious for tangible change in their lives, and the tendency to implicate Mandela in the lack of change.
Langa says while he was in prison Mandela read a lot of books on the struggles of other countries and problems that can arise during political transition, and the human tragedy that happened during the Partition of India.
‘He did not want to see this happening in South Africa,’ Langa says. ‘So the choices that were made at the time were reflecting the realities of the time.’
‘Sometimes self-styled revolutionaries, who are given to revisioning history, would say that Madiba sold out, or that generation sold out. But I think they should not wear today’s lenses to look at yesterday. They should use yesterday’s eyes to look at what was going on then.’
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