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Books written by Military Veterans

The DMV through its Research unit initiative undertook to document and profile military veterans historiography, experience, knowledge, education and suffering endured by Military Veterans at different stations of their lives during the liberation war. Part of the project is to persuade military veterans to come forward with their edited or incomplete manuscripts for publication. The documentation and experiences of military in the liberation struggle through production of publications, seeks to restore and contribute to the dignity and wellbeing of military veterans by promoting and elevating their contribution to a democratic South Africa and their broader liberation struggle discourse.

Over the past three years the following publications have been produced by military veterans through the DMV Oral History project, Lest we Forget by the late Phillip Kgosana, A man on a mission by Eddie Funde to mention a few. As part of empowering military veterans already produced publication the DMV has committed to purchase a significant number of such material from military veterans themselves both as promotional material as well as collection and distribution of liberation struggle history materials.

MS. GERTRUDE FESTER 082 373 4419 R150,00
MR. MUNTU NXUMALO 079 527 0890 R200,00
MR. LEBONA MOSIA 063 002 3413 R280,0
MR. KHAYA SKWEYIYA 060 983 8792 R300,00
MR. MORENA MOTAUNG 071 314 4625 R250,00
All Was Not In Vain
Written by Mr Lebona Mosia

Lebona Mosia was born on January 18, 1952 in Alexandra Tpwnship. He was active in the June 1976 student protests and left the country in August 1976. He travelled to Manzini in Swaziland where he joined the ANC and MK. He spent a number of years in ANC military camps in Angola.

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Politics is a Dirty Game — The biography of Themba Linus Dlamini
Written by the late Themba Linus Dlamini

In the decades before the unbanning of political parties and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, the South African state waged a total onslaught against the liberation movements representing 'non-white' South Africans. After the Sharpville massacre in 1960, the apartheid regime banned and banished organisations and people with vicious impunity.

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Prisoner V2957/88
Written by Prof. Gertrude Fester

This is the life story of a South African political detainee who went through 104 days of solitary confinement under Section 29 of the draconian apartheid-era Terrorism Act before being brought to trial with 13 orther political activists in what became known as the 'Yengeni Trial'.

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Man on A Mission (The ANC in Australia and New Zealand)
Written by Sonwabo Eddie Funde

In early December 1983, African National Congress (ANC) exiled Eddie Funde arrived in Australia with only a few dollars in his pocket and a life-long commitment to his party. The ANC was then still viewed by many Australians as a terrorist organisation.

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Serve, Suffer and Sacrifice — The memoirs of Dan Mkhiyana Zwelonke Mdluli
Written by Dan Mkhiyana Zwelonke Mdluli

The brutality of apartheid had a way of eroding fear, leading some "non-white" South Africans to realise that "we are doomed if we fight, we are doomed if we don't". In this spirit, Dan Mdluli rebelled against the state's repressive pass laws as a teenager in the sixties. In 1962, he bacame a member of Poqo, the armed wing of the Pan African Congress (PAC), to join other like Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, who were already engagnin in various forms of resistance against apartheid and colonialism. This led to his arrest, torture, and incarceration on Robben Island.

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Still We Rise
Written by Muntu Nxumalo

Muntu Nxumalo was born in 1957 and raised in Chesterville Durban as the first born son of the late Pastor, Reverend Clifford Ndoda Nxumalo and the late Mrs Alice Nomabhunu. He joined the ANC Umkhonto WeSizwe as the struggle intensified during the mid 70's and went to exile in differend countries. He was trained in Angola from 1977 and 1978.

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From Activism to Disillusionment: The Story of an MK Comrade
Written by Khaya Skweyiya

Khaya Skweyiya grew up in a devout Methodist family attending school in New Brighton township, Port Elizabeth and in rural KwaDubu, Fort Beaufort. As a teenager he was bewildered and enraged at the aggressive disrepsect shown to his parents by young apartheid policemen. This prompted and galvanised his resolve to fight the system. Agen only 15, he joined uMkhonto we Sizwe and secretly left the country to train as a struggle compbatant. He was subjected to harshly rigorous military and political training in Angola, and a course on artillery weapons in Simferopol. He was captivated by the dialectical methods of social analysis derived from the writings of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

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Lest We Forget
Written by Philip Kgosana


That was the clarion call of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) in the 50s which was echoed into the next decade; the cry of an African soul in torment. The ascendancy of the Nationalist Part in 1948 had touched a raw nerve among the militant nationalists within the African National Congress (ANC). And then there was the breakaway of the PAC in 1959, with the emergence of Mangaliso Sobukwe as its leader. Sharpville, bang! Langa, bang! The PAC's campaign had started a bush fire. 'After the results of the Anti-Pass Campaign in Sharpeville and Langa,' Kgosana writes in his autobiography, 'non-violence as a weapon for resistence in South Africa was buried.' It was Kgosana who made headlines when he led thousands of anti-pass demonstrators in Cape Town on 30 March 1960, shoving aside his university studies.

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The Dark Side of the Liberation Struggle — Memoirs of an MK Combatant
Written by Teboho Tommy Molotsi

With limited carreer options, thanks to the aprtheid policies of exclusion and segregation, Teboho Moloisi worked as a detective for the South African Police. He resigned in 1978 once he realised that black policemen were acting as puppets and cannon fodder in their defence of the minority racist regime, and were partly responsible for promoting apartheid's evil laws.

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My Journey From A Rural Herds-boy to MK Soldier and then Ambassador
Written by Mabuse Mampane (aka Reddy Mazimba)

Mabuse Mampane, also known as Reddy Mazimba left his rural home in Sekhukhuneland at the tender age of about 8 years old in 1951 to begin work as a herds-boy in a neighbouring village before leaving South Africa to undergo military training abroad as a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1963.

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Goodness and sadness of being Freedom Fighter
Written by Morena Motaung

Morena Motaung was born in 1976 in the East Rand township pf Katlehong. He became politically involved as a ten-year old during the student protest in 1985-1986. He was a founding member of the Katlehong Youth League (KAYL).

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About the Department of Military Veterans

The initiative of establishing the Department of Military Veterans forms part of government's commitment to support and recognise Military Veterans for their contribution to bring about the realisation of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous South Africa.


A dignified, unified, empowered and self-sufficient military veterans’ community.


To facilitate delivery and co-ordinate all activities that recognise and entrench the restoration of dignity and appreciation of the contribution of Military Veterans to our freedom and nation building.

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