The document is an important one in the history of South Africa for it tells a story that needs to be told. What is commendably new (about the manner of telling the story) is that the method is that of a community of griots among whose number is, surprisingly, the leading character himself. Thus the oral mode shifts almost imperceptibly from teller to told about, and so, from a biographical to an autobiographical mode.”

-Professor Rosemary Gray 

The work is clearly a result of meticulous research and depends on extensive primary sources. It is a scholarly work, yet it prides itself in lucidity and avoids unnecessary jargon … In its multi-disciplinary approach it will be an indispensable text for the students of history and politics and generally for those who want to understand the dynamics of race and class in South Africa.”

-Professor Zakes Mda