Memoirs of an african diplomat

Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe

Memoirs of an african diplomat

 

This remarkable book by Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe tells the deeply moving story of a life lived to the full, from her early childhood and teenage years in the Eastern Cape through the long period of exile during the political struggle, and finally to her years of dedicated service as a diplomat in Norway, Tanzania and Mozambique.

To quote former President Nelson Mandela in the closing words of the Foreword, “A quiet, unassuming though single-minded woman, Thandi represents the best that any country can offer. I urge you to read this book as it will not only inform you but will become one of the most important records of the invincibility of the human spirit.”

Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe

A dream fullfilled, Memoirs of an african diplomat

"I devoted 33 years of my life to the liberation struggle. For 33 years I clung tenaciously to the idea of freedom and dignity for my people, and now that my dream has been realised I look forward to being part of the building of a new South Africa. Out of the old has come a new, out of the atrocities, apologies and reconciliation. We have a very long way to go, but we have made a wonderful beginning and I am proud to have been a part of the past. I am proud to continue building for an ever better future; but for now, my dream fulfilled, I live my life with joy, from moment to moment, one day at a time!
Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika!"

Extract from the foreword
By Nelson Mandela

"As we celebrate 50 years of the Freedom Charter, 50 years since the historic march by women on Pretoria, not forgetting the 30 years since the shameful massacre of unarmed schoolchildren in 1976, it is fitting that we remember and acknowledge the formations and individuals that made all of this possible.

"One of these is, of course, Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe, the subject of this fine and authoritative autobiography, which outlines for us, in sometimes uncompromising terms, the journey taken by herself – and by extension a whole swathe of humanity – from the cauldron of apartheid, through various postings in exile to a triumphant though demanding return to the native land."

- Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe