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A Double-Edged Sword
A Double-Edged Sword

A Double-Edged Sword

A Quest for a Place in the African Sun


284 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: October 2011

ISBN 9780986996801

Rights: WOR X ZA

Real African Publishers (Oct 2011)


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Providing insight into South African values and culture, this book is a comprehensive study of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) and its role in history. Essentially, it examines the Contralesa’s position during the Mass Democratic Movement’s struggles in the late 1980s—when liberation movements were unbanned and their leaders were released from jail—as well as during the post-1994 era of Nelson Mandela. A valuable resource, this reference will captivate those interested in the issue of governance, institutional change, and the interface between designed modernity and surviving traditions.


“Phathekile Holomisa is the most eloquent and alert writer on traditional society in South Africa today. He writes beautifully and his book has to be essential to any understanding of how modern South Africa functions.”  —Peter Bruce, editor, Business Day and Weekender

“Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa is one of the few leaders in our society who has been using a public platform to warn us about the missing link in our modern democracy.”  —Herbert W. Vilikazi, sociologist

Author Biography

Phathekile Holomisa is a founding member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, a member of Parliament, and the president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa. He is also the author of According to Tradition and an occasional columnist for some of South Africa's leading publications. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is the President of South Africa as well as the President of the African National Congress.