Leonard Nikani's autobiography, My Life Under White Supremacy and in Exile, is the next book to be published by Socialist Resistance. These memoirs give a graphic portrayal of a black man growing up in racist South Africa. Click here to read about next week's London book launch.
Leonard began to question the racist system while still at school. As a student at Fort Hare University he became involved in the political struggle, joining the Society of Young Africa, the youth organisation of the Unity Movement of South Africa. He remained committed to the political struggle for the rest of his life.
He exposes the policies of the ANC and the South African Communist Party in the liberation struggle, which led to their failure in government to meet the demands of the masses. Like so many other political activists he was hounded by the racists and forced into exile.
He gives a dramatic account of a secret mission to South Africa for his organisation, and his subsequent escape to and imprisonment in Swaziland. Following his release from prison he lived in Sweden, where he remarried and had two children. He died in 1999 in Sweden.
Editors Norman Traub and Robert Wilcox have edited the memoirs into a compelling 336 page volume, with a beautiful cover designed by Ed Fredenburgh. The book will retail for just £10 or $15 though booksellers (using the ISBN 978-0-902869-85-1).