‘The People’s War’ signifies the need to document unsung heroines


The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) supports the launch of another book that captures the liberation heritage, The People’s War by Charles Nqakula, which will be launched at The Castle in Cape Town on 13 June 2017.

Sonwabile Mancotywa, the CEO of the NHC who will make an input at the launch of the book, is enthusiastic that the book will reintroduce the dire need for South Africans to write about the undocumented experiences of the struggle for freedom.

“What is significant for us is the inclusion of people who were active in the liberation struggle but have not been spoken about or recognised for their contribution to the historiography of the country’s revolutionary struggle. The NHC is pursuing the Unsung Heroes and Heroines campaign to also give a voice to the unknown actors in the liberation heritage.” Says Mancotywa.

A call for proposed publications on the liberation struggle unsung heroes and heroines will be made by the NHC later in the year to follow on Mr and Mrs Nqakula for sharing their experiences particularly in the time of reflection as a country.


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