By Mcebisi Ndletyana
Introducing the lives and works of 5 unprecedented African intellectuals within the former Cape colony, this special heritage specializes in the pioneering roles performed by means of those coarchitects of South African modernity and the contributions they made within the fields of literature, poetry, politics, faith, and journalism. delivering an in-depth inspect how they reacted to colonial conquest and missionary proselytizing, the elaborate process by which those ancient figures straddled either the Western and African worlds is absolutely explored, in addition to the ways in which those participants shaped the root of the trendy nationalist liberation fight opposed to colonialism and apartheid.
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It must be patiently and cautiously untied’. According to Soga, missionaries had to work from within the native world-view, outwardly. The natives, he advised, ‘… prefer to be drawn, rather than driven’. This demanded that missionaries ‘be prepared to identify themselves with the people’ and, in the process, they would actually discover that natives are not without virtue: the student of human nature can reap a splendid harvest in the study of their history, prejudices, habits, and customs … he will ﬁnd much to show that there is some good in all … that God is the common Father of all, and therefore that no race should be despised.
They attributed Jabavu’s complicity to his indebtedness to the liberals for having ﬁnanced his newspaper. As a result, Rubusana became part of the initiative that formed a rival newspaper, Izwi Labantu, in 1897. The title, ‘The Voice of the People’, denoted a forceful and militant approach to issues, quite different to Jabavu’s moderately titled newspaper, ‘Native Opinion’ (Imvo Zabantsundu). If Jabavu had been the ofﬁcially recognised spokesperson for Africans in the Cape, Rubusana had become their popular leader and organiser.
Jabavu continued to support them, despite this conﬂict of interests. za Jabavu’s newspaper, Imvo Zabantsundu (Native Opinion), was started in 1884. It had the ﬁnancial support of the white liberal politicians. In this way, he was closely linked with white capitalist interests, and his editorials on issues such as the native franchise and land ownership became increasingly out of tune with opinions voiced by other prominent black leaders. However, he was an independent thinker, and alienated those same liberals when he backed Afrikaner Bond politicians in the lead-up to the Anglo-Boer War.
African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa by Mcebisi Ndletyana