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Race and Responsibility in South Africa

Race and Responsibility in South Africa

Join Cato Pedder, author of Moederland, and Edwina Peart of Quakers in Britain as they discuss racial justice and the legacies of apartheid.

Join Cato Pedder, author of Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa and media officer for Quakers in Britain, and Edwina Peart, inclusion and diversity co-ordinator for Quakers in Britain, as they discuss racial justice and the charged legacies of apartheid in Friends House Library.

Published on 25 April 2024, Moederland is an exploration of the roots and legacies of apartheid seen through the deeply personal lens of a great-granddaughter of South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts, the world statesman who wrote legislation which enabled apartheid.

Following a short reading from Moederland, Cato Pedder and Edwina Peart will discuss themes including empire, colonialism, racism, guilt and culpability as explored in the book, which weaves together the stories of nine of Pedder’s female ancestors in an unusual history of South Africa.

These ancestors begin in 1652 with Krotoa, a Khoikhoi girl who becomes a translator to the newly arrived Dutch East India Company at the Cape.

Moving through slaves, settlers, and nascent Afrikaners, they feature Cato Smuts, who leaves South Africa to marry into the Quaker Clark family, and Petronella Clark, who marries across the colour line and is forced to live in exile in Lesotho, her mixed-race children both illegal and illegitimate under apartheid law.

The conversation will include a question-and-answer session, after which you will be welcome to join us for refreshments in the Quaker bookshop where copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. 

Date and time

Thursday, May 2 · 6 - 7:30 pm


Friends House 173-177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ

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