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Langenhoven, Cornelis Jacobus
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Langenhoven [x2JG3tW7rwQ]

When Nelson Mandela went to prison he studied the language of the oppressor, Afrikaans. He also studied the history of the Afrikaner as well as their struggle against the British. He read some of the Afrikaans writers in Afrikaans and enjoyed the books. One of the authors whose work he enjoyed was one of South Africa’s foremost writers, CJ Langenhoven, who also wrote the national anthem Die Stem for the apartheid state. Langenhoven was a member of parliament who worked to have Afrikaans recognised as an official language in South Africa. When Nelson Mandela was in prison only English and Afrikaans were official languages. When he became president of the country he included nine African languages.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Dade Wethu [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_063
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  • 1970-01-01
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in which he discusses the book by Langenhoven "Skaduwees van Nasaret" [Shadows of Nazareth].

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla