News / Africa

Late South African Writer Described as Woman of Principle

FILE - Nobel Priize winning author Nadine Gordimer arrives for the South African premier of the movie "Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom" in Johannesburg, Nov. 3, 2013.FILE - Nobel Priize winning author Nadine Gordimer arrives for the South African premier of the movie "Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom" in Johannesburg, Nov. 3, 2013.
x
FILE - Nobel Priize winning author Nadine Gordimer arrives for the South African premier of the movie "Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom" in Johannesburg, Nov. 3, 2013.
FILE - Nobel Priize winning author Nadine Gordimer arrives for the South African premier of the movie "Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom" in Johannesburg, Nov. 3, 2013.
James Butty

South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has died in her Johannesburg home at the age of 90.

Gordimer was an anti-apartheid activist whose writings helped to expose South Africa’s white-minority rule government to a global readership.

Libby Meintjes is head of the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, describes Gordimer as a woman of principle.

Meintjes said that as an early member of the African National Congress (ANC), Gordimer believed that even if she did not agree with everything the ANC stood for, she wanted to join to make it a better organization.

“She’s a woman of principle and she’s always been an activist aside from being a literate person. She has always shown a tremendous strength of character with an indomitable spirit,” she said.

Gordimer was a critic of white-minority rule whose unbanned novels the late Nelson Mandela said he read during his years of imprisonment.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation described her as “a great writer, patriot and voice for equality and democracy”.

Meintjes said Gordimer was also believed to have helped write Mandela’s “famous” speech at his treason trial.

“All her work had political feelings. She had great concern around the issue of apartheid and racism. I think she also helped Mandela write his famous speech at the treason trial,” Meintjes said.

Meintjes said Gordimer became a member of the African National Congress when it was banned.

“She in fact was well ahead of her time in many ways because she reached her hand out to people all around, and she became involved with the ANC. She said even if she did not agree with all the principles of the ANC, she joined it to make it a better organization. That was basically the philosophy from which she worked,” Meintjes said.

Meintjes said even though Gordimer was a member of the ANC, she maintained her political independence throughout her life, and was critical when she felt it was necessary.

“Although she did appreciate the changes that have come about, she didn’t keep quite. She would speak her mind if she felt that things were not right,” Meintjes said.

Meintjes described Gordimer as a woman who stood up for the people who couldn’t stand up for themselves.

“She was very open, very carrying person and quite incisive,” Meintjes said.

Butty interview with Meintjes
Butty interview with Meintjesi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

 

You May Like

US Imposes Sanctions on Alleged Honduran Drug Gang

Treasury department alleges Los Valles group is responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into US each month More

At 91, Marvel Creator Stan Lee Continues to Expand his Universe

Company's chief emeritus hopes to interest new generation of children in superheroes of all shapes and sizes by publishing content across multiple media platforms More

Photogallery New Drug Protects Against Virus in Ebola Family

Study by researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals is first looking at drug's effectiveness after onset of symptoms More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid