Great speeches have the power to bring about political change, and South Africa lays claim to some of the world's most skilled orators, from Nelson Mandela, whose courageous statement from the dock inspired the liberation struggle, to Desmond Tutu, whose 'Rainbow People of God' speech prepared the country for a new era. On the other side of the political spectrum, who can forget P.W Botha's infamous Rubicon speech, an oratorical flop which took the country backwards during the 1980s, or F.W de Klerk's unbanning of the ANC IN 1990, which took it forward again?
Speeches that Shaped South Africa is the first collection of these historic utterances, featuring key speeches from the beginning of apartheid to the present. It includes Harold Macmillan's 'Winds of Change', Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' and Mmusi Maimane's 'Broken Man' speech. Also featured are Bram Fischer, Helen Suzman, Steve Biko, Winnie Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Julius Malema, Barbara Hogan and many others. The book covers past and present shenanigans in Parliament, clandestine broadcasts on Radio Freedom, moving eulogies that celebrate our political giants, and the informal rhetoric of populist crowd pleasers.
Accompanying each speech is a commentary that places it in a historical context and explores its effects. Accessible and engaging, this analysis is based on original research and offers fresh insights into events. This is a fascinating journey through South African history over the past seventy years.