Dr Klaas unleashes his memoirs of a relentless struggle

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Dr Jongikhaya Joseph Klaas, a Fort Hare Alumnus,  has within the spirit of the University of Fort Hare’s celebrations of its biggest milestone -  a hundred years of existence, unleashed his “Memoirs of Relentless Pursuit” , a book recently launched at his alma mater. The launch was held on the main campus on 07 July 2015. The university Vice Chancellor Dr Tom, MEC for Agrarian Reforms, Mlibo Qoboshiyana and South Africa’s number one political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni the guest of honour, graced the occasion with their presence. Noticeable in the audience, were learners from the author’s former primary schools, to be inspired by and witness how someone from humble beginnings like themselves could rise all the way to reach the pinnacle of success Dr Klaas had achieved.

 Dr Fikeni said, “Klaas was driven by something larger than himself, which is inspiring for a person of  his age”. Klaas, a farm boy once chased away from a farm at an early age to wander in the wilderness and who has had a number of disappointments in his life... is here today. “Little did we know he would rise because he was determined to live his dream”, said Fikeni. … The greatest enemy is the attitude we have within ourselves. Some people forget their background once pushed to greater heights instead of giving back to their communities, he alluded.

 He praised the author as the kind of leader South Africa has been waiting for as “we seem to be missing in action” as native intelligensia. Dr Klaas donated a few copies of his book to the university library. We all wish him well.