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A life in politics – presenting Dirk Mudge: All the way to an independent Namibia

Dirk MudgeProtea Boekhuis presents Dirk Mudge: All the way to an independent Namibia, the English edition of the retired politician’s long-awaited autobiography:

At the age of 87 Mudge now publishes his long-awaited autobiography. This remarkable man was involved full time in the politics of South West Africa, and later Namibia, for a period of 33 years. He entered the political arena in 1960 as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the National Party of South West Africa. Mudge describes how he initially supported the ideologies of the National Party, but gradually came to change his views and politics. This inevitably lead to his resignation from the National Party and to the establishment of his own party: The Republican Party. He had a personal involvement in the drawing up of the new Constitution of the Republic of Namibia and tries to give answers to questions about why it took Namibia so long to reach independence. He also explains the role South Africa and the international community played in this major event.

Dr Piet Croucamp writes in his preface: “Mudge’s memoir does not relive the past in times of modernity. The reader becomes displaced ‒ in a way ‒ to a familiar but awkward if not painful past. The narrative, conceived in stigma and shame, is presented with a “respectability” or even bizarre “reality” which once was “normal” to some and an abomination to others. Dirk Mudge has made a remarkable contribution with a text which merits both literary and scholarly value. The work was not intended as a comprehensive history of Namibia ‒ it is a memoir about the life and times of Dirk Mudge.”

Also available in Afrikaans as Dirk Mudge: Enduit vir ’n onafhanklike Namibië.

About the author

Dirk Mudge is a farmer and retired politician.

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