Interview with Bernard Magubane

by Bernard Magubane (Interviewee),Sean Field (Interviewer)
Durban, South Africa October 12, 2004
Duration: 53:16
Type: Interview
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa, Zambia
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Born in KwaZulu-Natal, Ben Magubane was a well-known South African scholar. He received a B.A. in South Africa, and, in 1961, he came to the United States for graduate studies and earned a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Magubane discusses two incidents of his activism in the United States beginning at 41:28. (The activist he mentions in the shack is Martin Legassick. He refers to this Los Angeles Times photograph.) Magubane discusses Oliver Tambo (OR), underdevelopment, Chester Crocker, the Reagan policy, Johnny Makatini, Fred Dube, Nelson Mandela, Krugerrands, Mary-Louse Hooper, Albert Luthuli, and George Houser. Magubane returned to South Africa in 1994 and became Editor-in-Chief of the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) in Pretoria, which published an important series The Road to Demcoracy in South Africa. Throughout his years in exile, he remained an active member of the African National Congress (ANC). Magubane’s best known book was The Political Economy of Race and Class in South Africa (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1979). Magubane died in April 2013 at the age of 83.This interview was conducted during the conference A Decade of Freedom: Celebrating the Role of the International Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa's Freedom Struggle held in Durban, South Africa, October 10-13, 2004.

Copyright 2004 University of KwaZulu-Natal. Used with permission.