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Podcast: Saths Cooper on Steve Biko, the History of South Africa and the Psychology of Race

2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Steve Biko‘s death. In tribute, The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast presents episodes that explore, explicitly or implicitly, the effect this African philosopher has had on South Africa.

Saths CooperDr. Saths Cooper is widely seen as a fearless and eloquent campaigner for human rights, known for speaking his mind. He was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement – an organization that is credited with inspiring the 1976 student uprisings across many of South Africa’s townships. The positive image of Black People that was promoted by Saths and the other leaders of the Movement struck a deep chord with the youth, but it terrified the Apartheid authorities, and they reacted with their usual ruthlessness.

Saths was imprisoned on Robben Island for his political activities, together with his comrades Strini Moodley, Muntu Myeza, Patrick “Terror” Lekota (now South Africa’s Minister of Defence) and others.

Saths CooperSaths’s life has been a fascinating combination of his many interests, including politics, human rights, writing, research and academia, psychology and business. He has been at the forefront of initiatives that aim to transform South Africa’s psychological practices to ensure that they reflect an appropriate response to the challenges posed by the country’s realities.

Dr Cooper is Vice President of the International Union of Psychological Science and Chair of Medicover Medical Scheme, and he has previously served as the President of the Psychological Society of South Africa and as Vice President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, as well as in several other capacities.

We had a wide-ranging chat for the Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast, which I think will prove fascinating to listeners with an interest in Steve Biko, South Africa’s recent history and the psychology of race. A particularly telling moment on the last score is our discussion of certain devastatingly powerful operators in many South Africans’ psyches, such as the concept “nonwhite”. Please tune in:

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