oa Alternation - Cry, the Beloved Country: land, segregation and the city

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The current moment of reconciliation and reconstruction, captured in the language of President Mandela's swearing in, and in the celebration of South Africa's return to the Commonwealth, is saturated with the feelings and themes of the most acknowledged book of South Africa: Cry, the Beloved Country. The national compromise between the leadership of the African majority and the old white order, appears at times in direct response to Msimangu's prophesy '...I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating'.

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