Promise and Despair is a book about the very first struggle for a non-racial SA

Martin Plaut is a journalist specialising in the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. He has written a book called Promise and despair: The First Struggle for Non-Racial South Africa, which looks at South Africa's struggle for freedom dating back to 1910.

In his book, Plaut speaks of the delegation that travelled to London in mid 1909 to lobby for a non-racial constitution. The delegation was led by the former prime minister of the Cape, Will Schreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner.

According to Plaut, the delegation consisted of Black Africans and coloured leaders. It was an amazing delegation, he says.

This was probably the first time that people of all racial groups had been brought together to ask for one thing, that the vote when the Union of South Africa was formed should be for all people irrespective of their colour.

Martin Plaut, Author

They went to see the British government and ask whether they could change the constitution.

Martin Plaut, Author

Plaut will be launching his book on 14 June at Kalk Bay Books at 18:00 for 18:30.

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