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28 November 2016
My Own Liberator

My Own Liberator

Former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, Judge Dikgang Moseneke launched his book titled My Own Liberator at the Chandelier Lounge at the Artscape theatre centre on 28 November 2016. The event was jointly hosted by UWC and Pan McMillan Publishers.

Rector and Vice-Chancellor at UWC, Professor Tyrone Pretorius, delivered the welcome address, while the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic Professor Vivienne Lawack was the programme Director.

Ms Judith February, a senior research associate at the Institute of Security Studies conducted an armchair interview with Judge Moseneke and highlighted significant events and experiences as expressed in his book.

Judge Moseneke delivered the keynote address, relating his incredible journey as a freedom fighter at the tender age of fifteen, and his subsequent ten-year imprisonment on Robben Island.

In his book Judge Dikgang Moseneke touches on his childhood, youth, the journey at Robben Island, and his life after being released from prison.

“I talk about the pain and how we found techniques to convert ourselves from the conquered to the conqueror, which then converted victimhood into triumph”, he said.

Judge Moseneke said he detailed the pain, abuse, torture, and injustice he experienced during the ten years on Robben Island and tried to keep to simple-storytelling, hoping that it can be read by and inspire young people.

“The book is also about the total celebration of women. I celebrate my grandparents, and my mother, the heroine of the book. I celebrate many other women whom I found to be so powerful. The notion that women are inferior is false, totally and truly false”, Judge Moseneke said.

Towards the end of the book Judge Moseneke  asks the question, “Was it all in vain?”, a question that haunts him daily as he sees the widening social inequalities in our society. He ended his discussion by urging everyone to accept that liberation is and should be a personal goal, but pursued in a way that respects others and embraces diversity.

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