Fighting For Mandela - The Explosive Autobiography of The Woman Who Helped to Destroy Apartheid

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Metro Publishing, Feb 25, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
Priscilla Jana is a legendary figure in South African revolutionary politics.
As an Indian woman who had experienced racial oppression first-hand, she decided to use her degree in law to fight for the rights of her fellow people and do all she could to bring down the Apartheid state - who saw her as a very real threat. At one time she represented every single political prisoner on Robben Island, including both the late Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie.
Priscilla spent her days in court, fighting human rights case after human rights case, but it was at night when her real work was done. As part of an underground cell, she fought tirelessly to bring down the hated government.
This activism, however, came at a price. One of South Africa’s infamous ‘banned persons’, for five years Priscilla was unable to take part in any political activities, enter any place where a large number of people were gathered, and had her movements severely restricted. Worse, her own home was attacked with petrol bombs on multiple occasions.
Undeterred, Priscilla Jana continued her work, even adopting the baby daughter of a client imprisoned on Robben Island, bringing here up, educating her, and providing a loving home. Finally, upon Mandela’s release and the political revolution of her beloved country, Priscilla’s work was rewarded, as she was elected as a member of South Africa’s first democratic parliament. Later, she was to become an ambassador to both The Netherlands and Ireland.
Now retired and living in Cape Town, Priscilla still works and waits for her most fervent desire: the true healing and unification of South Africa.
 

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Contents

TITLE PAGE
CHAPTER TWO ON THE PATH TO ACTIVISM
CHAPTER THREE MY FRIEND WINNIE MANDELA
CHAPTER FOUR MEETING NELSON MANDELA
CHAPTER FIVE SILENCED BY THE GOVERNMENT
CHAPTER SIX A WINNING TEAM
CHAPTER SEVEN A NEW LIGHT IN MY LIFE
CHAPTER EIGHT FALSE STARTS ON THE PATH
CHAPTER NINE PAIN AND SUFFERING ON THE ROAD
CHAPTER TEN MY AMBASSADOR YEARS
EPILOGUE
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About the author (2016)

BARBARA JONES is the Africa Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday newspaper, travelling to all parts of the continent to cover news stories for a British readership.
She also reported from Afghanistan and Iraq during the years of invasion and civil war, and was in Libya throughout the revolution in 2011.
She learnt her journalism the old-fashioned way, starting with a weekly newspaper in Hastings, East Sussex, and progressing to provincial evening newspapers in Leicester, Oldham and Preston.
Her natural home is the Mail on Sunday with its tireless demands for exclusive stories. The newspaper sent her to South Africa in the year 2000 where one of her first experiences was to meet Nelson Mandela on a visit to his former prison, and to shake his hand.
She lives in Cape Town, and has two sons.

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