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The book launch of The Land is Ours, written by Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, was hosted by the Nelson Mandela University department of Sociology, Anthropology incl. History, the Faculty of Law and the Chair-Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) on 16 May 2018 at the North Campus Goldfields Auditorium. The auditorium was filled with students, academics and staff who were eager to learn about the origins of this book and what it meant to the author.

The program was graciously opened by Prof Sibongile Muthwa, Mandela University Vice Chancellor, and followed by the key note address from the author, Adv. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi. He went on to give the audience an excellent breakdown of his book. Colonial apartheid systems, the loss of black legal talent and most importantly, the dispossession of land to the disadvantage of black people were merely some of the topics he touched on that are found in this book. The Land Is Ours tells the story of South Africa’s first black lawyers, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the time of hostile colonial expansion and land dispossession, these lawyers believed in a constitutional system that respected individual rights and freedoms, and used the law as an instrument against wrongdoing. Described as a well-researched book by political analyst and writer Mr. Mphutumi Ntabeni, The Land Is Ours traces the foundations of black legal resistance against loss of land in South Africa.

Discussant, Prof Nomalanga Mkhize followed with a great discussion where she encouraged everyone in the room to read the book, so that we ensure history does not repeat itself. The program was concluded by an audience discussion which created a very informative question and answer session.






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