Author: Rory Riordan
The apartheid security juggernaut met its Battle of Stalingrad in the townships of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage in 1985 and 1986. This is the blazing story of how the people's resistance - in the church, in the civic structures, underground - fought that war. Up until these insurrections, the brutal force of the apartheid state successfully crushed all attempts at revolt.
Yet in the townships of Port Elizabeth, where they threw everything they had at the uprisings, the people stood and fought, and fought and stood. Riordan, a human rights activist during the years of high apartheid, draws a line connecting the story of Thozamile Botha, the Zwide and KwaZakhele Residents' Associations and the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Association (PEBCO) of 1979, the subsequent demise of PEBCO, and the February 1990 unbanning of the ANC and the movement at large. What had happened in the intervening ten years to effect this once unimaginable change? Apartheid's Stalingrad tells us what had happened.
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