The Centre for Civil Society within the UKZN School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar –
Freedom never rests, when it comes to water commodification and service delivery protests
Speaker: Jim Kilgore
Date: Monday, 23 July 2012
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College
Topic: Freedom Never Rests: A Novel of Democracy in South Africa (September 2011) is the second novel from James Kilgore, portraying historical roots of the service delivery revolts that have swept South Africa in recent years. With a precise and at times humorous eye for the details of backroom politics and street level organisation, Freedom Never Rests centres around an engaging and tragic couple: unemployed ex- shop steward revolutionary Monwabisi Radebe and his wife, Constantia, a former nursery school aide turned local councillor in the fictional Eastern Cape township of Sivuyile. As the council implements an American-financed project of prepaid meters, water cut-offs are visited upon dozens of households, leaving the idealistic Monwabisi with the most difficult of choices: to remain loyal to his wife, the mother of his children who represents an increasingly discredited council or take to the streets with disenchanted residents. Avoiding simplistic analyses and triumphant rhetoric, Freedom Never Rests lays bare the political and personal intricacies of community struggles.
Speaker: James Kilgore was a fugitive from the US for 27 years, based in Zimbabwe and South Africa for much of that time. He lived under the alias Dr John Pape and became a respected academic at the University of Cape Town and the International Labour Research and Information Group (Ilrig). In 2002 he was arrested and US authorities extradited him to California where he served six and a half years in prison for his political activities in the 1970s. During his incarceration he wrote several novels, three of which (including Freedom Never Rests) have been published since his release in 2009. He is presently a research scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois.Posted on