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The Lost Prince of the ANC: The Life and Times of Jabulani Nobleman ‘Mzala’ Nxumalo

‘This is a radical, free-flowing, thought-provoking, poignant and wry tribute to a revolutionary prince of the people, inducing laughter and tears – a manifest celebration of an extraordinary life.’ – Ronnie Kasrils


Associate Professor in the Department of Strategic Communication and Director of the Centre for Data and Digital Communications Prof Mandla J. Radebe has written the first, full account of the South African revolutionary, Jabulani Nobleman ‘Mzala’ Nxumalo. Intimate and analytical, this powerful and searching biography of one of the liberation movement’s chief critical thinkers, writer and constant questioner, The Lost Prince of the ANC traces Mzala’s life from birth to his untimely death in London in 1991, at the age of 35. Radebe’s insightful life of Mzala, is the story too, of the radical tradition of the liberation movement, which flourished during its underground days. This revolutionary book, of an intellectual who had much to offer the post-apartheid South Africa, does more than fill a gap in our history: its insight opens a door for the reader to imagine politics and society anew. For more information visit


See below some reviews of the book:

ANALYSIS | Non-racial SA: New book shows debate on nation building is still relevant (The Conversation by Edward Webster):

It’s now time to reprint Mzala’s ‘Chief With a Double Agenda’ (Mail & Guardian by Imraan Baccus):


See some extracts of the book in the media:

Book Extract

Dazzled by capital: The ANC and the transition to democracy

At the height of the struggle, Jabulani ‘Mzala’ Nxumalo charged that the ANC had been wooed by big business to give up the armed struggle (Sunday Times by Mandla Radebe):


EXCERPT | Mzala: The ANC’s ‘lost prince’ was a brilliant undercover activist – and a keen biker (News24 by Mandla Radebe):


The Lost Prince of the ANC and ‘the people’s war’ (Mail & Guardian by Mandla Radebe):


Book Extract | Challenges were suppressed to ‘maintain ANC traditions’ (City Press by Mandla Radebe):

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