‘National Question’ revisited

Yoliswa Sobuwa

THE life of activist Neville Alexander, a proponent of a multilingual South Africa, was commemorated during a three-day conference at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at the weekend.

ANC national executive committee member Dr Pallo Jordan, a cabinet minister from 1994 to 2009, was the keynote speaker at the Neville Alexander Commemorative Conference, themed “The Life and Times of Neville Alexander”.

Jordan, paying tribute to Alexander who died from cancer in August last year, said the language policy pioneer occupied “an important place in my own political biography”.

“I knew the political activist, intellectual Alexander and not the academic Alexander. It was at the memorial meeting held at Belgravia High School in Cape Town that my memories of my relationship with Alexander came rushing back.

The conference ends today.

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