Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons
Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons

Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: January 2021

ISBN 9781682570975

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: January 2021


In 1969, South Africa's apartheid government arrested anti-apartheid leaders and activists nationwide for a key planned show trial. Among them were seven women, three of whom (including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela) have since died. This book by South African journalist Shanthini Naidoo uses rich interview material to share the previously unknown stories of the four imprisoned women who are still living: Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin, Rita Ndzanga, Shanthie Naidoo, and Nondwe Mankahla. These four freedom fighters were held in solitary confinement for more than a year and subjected to brutal torture in a bid to force them to testify against their comrades. But they refused to do so, which forced the whole trial effort to collapse. Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons explores how women from different oppressed communities in South Africa defied traditional gender expectations and played a key role in the overthrow of Apartheid.

Author Biography

Author Shanthini Naidoo is a former journalist on South Africa's Sunday Times who now works in content marketing. She has also worked for The TimesO magazine. Naidoo lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two daughters. Foreword writer Donna Bryson's rich career as a foreign correspondent culminated in service as AP's bureau chief in South Africa, 2008-12. Her first book, It's a Black-White Thing, explored how students in post-Apartheid South Africa dealt with their many remaining race issues. Her second book, Home of the Brave, describes how a small Colorado town created a welcoming community for war veterans. She lives in Denver.