Mme Ruth Mompati, A Life of Courage and Service


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The book salvages and revives the grandeur of various South African philosophical and political traditions. It offers readers a positive visions of enduring humanity. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (1925 – 2015) worked as a teacher until 1952, when her teaching position was terminated, as apartheid laws prohibited married black women from teaching. From 1953 to 1961 she worked as a typist for Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in their law practice in Johannesburg. In 1954, she became a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC Women’s League, was one of the founding members of the Federation of South African Women, and one of the organisers of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The book is written by poet, novelist, political activist and ANC Member of Parliament, Mongane Wally Serote (b. 1944) is the National Poet Laureate of South Africa. He is the recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award from the Chilean government (2004), the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) for his contribution to literature (2007), and the Golden Wreath Award for his achievements in the field of poetry (2012).