Neville Alexander (1936-2012)
Posted by entdinglichung - 27. August 2012
Heute starb im Alter von 75 Jahren Neville Alexander, südafrikanischer revolutionärer Marxist und Kämpfer gegen das Apartheidsystem, der von 1963 bis 1974 auf Robben Island inhaftiert war, während eines Studienauftenhaltes in Tübingen um 1960 Mitglied des SDS, Wissenschaftler und lebenslanger Kämpfer gegen alle Formen von Unterdrückung und Ausbeutung, aus einem Nachruf, möge die Erde dir leicht sein, Neville!
„As a young man Professor Alexander was arrested in July 1963 along with a number of National Liberation Front members and convicted in 1964 of conspiracy to commit sabotage. He was jailed on Robben Island from 1964 to 1974 — a period that coincided with that of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and a number of the country’s most important political activists. Upon his release he was banned and placed under house arrest in Lotus River, Cape Town, until 1979. He later shared ideas with the leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement, including Steve Biko, and came to play a formative role in the establishment of activist groups in the Western Cape. After the reconciliation talks between the African National Congress and the National Party, Alexander was in the forefront of the establishment of the Workers‘ Organisation for a Socialist Azania.
Professor Alexander was in Cradock, Eastern Cape, in October 1936 to David James Alexander, a carpenter, and Dimbiti Bisho Alexander, a schoolteacher. His maternal grandmother was one of sixty-four Oromo children who were enslaved in Ethiopia in 1888 and were subsequently brought to Lovedale in the Eastern Cape. His maternal grandfather was a Presbyterian Church pastor.
Professor Alexander excelled as a UCT student in German and History, graduating with a BA in 1955 and a Master of Arts in 1957 (German: Thesis on the Silesia Baroque drama of Andreas Gryphius and Daniel Caspar von Lohenstein). He completed his PhD in 1961 at the University of Tübingen in Germany with a dissertation on style change in the dramatic work of Gerhart Hauptmann. He also completed a BA (Hons) degree in History by correspondence in 1971 during his imprisonment on Robben Island.“