South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Luli Callinicos interviewed by Jim Sleight
May 28, 2005 Cape Town, South Africa.


"Having very little land, people left their wives and children behind... and they would go mainly to the mines..." [1:19]

Luli Callinicos, a scholar of South African workers' history, explains the connection between Africans being dispossessed of their land and being forced to become migrant workers to earn wages and pay taxes

Luli Callinicos is a social historian of South Africa. She was involved from the mid-1970s in writing history for adult Black workers with little formal education. She worked first for the Metal and Allied Workers Union and then for The World newspaper in Johannesburg, which was banned in 1977. She was a founding member of the History Workshop of University of the Witwatersrand and also the Workers’ Library in Johannesburg. She wrote the three-volume People’s History of South Africa, a biography of Oliver Tambo, and other books about South African people's history.

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