Professor Monwabisi Archbald Mafeje was born on 28 March in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He grew up in an academic. In May of the UCT Council approved the appointment, unanimously, of Archie Mafeje to the role of senior lecturer in social anthropology. In Search of an Alternative: A Collection of Essays on Revolutionary Theory and Politics. $ Paperback. Books by Archie Mafeje. Showing 5 Results Books .

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Professor Archie Mafeje: Biography | UCT News

In May of the UCT Council approved the appointment, unanimously, of Archie Mafeje to the role of senior lecturer in social anthropology. But one month later, and following significant pressure from the archei government, the council was forced to rescind its offer. This move resulted in widespread protest action, culminating in a nine-day occupation of the Bremner building by students. This respected pan-Africanist, regarded as one of Africa’s greatest social scientists, was never able to return to and take up a post at his alma mater.

This was a failure for which the university offered a sincere apology after his death. This was a turning point for UCT, which was criticised for bowing to the pressures of a racist government and for not standing up for the values espoused by the university.


Professor Archie Mafeje: Biography

Unable to abide by its decision to appoint Mafeje, the Council established the Academic Freedom Research Award in his honour instead. They erected a plaque, making note of the day that the apartheid government had removed the university’s right to appoint lecturers at its own discretion.

Mafeje did not begin his university career at UCT. He began studying zoology, but switched swiftly over to social anthropology. His studies were complemented by thorough political education and by the time he had graduated from UCT with his master’s degree, his enthusiasm for politics had only increased.

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Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson, then the university orator, wrote: Mafeje spent 30 years in exile, teaching and writing prolifically: In the s, after the return of those in exile, Mafeje was urged to return to UCT by his colleagues.

But he felt the senior research fellowship offered to him did not meet his seniority, and so declined. He attempted to return to the university again inbut was unsuccessful in mafejf application for a position.

In UCT awarded him a posthumous honorary doctorate of social science. In the citation, Wilson wrote:. This is also the man for whom in the early s we and I include myself at UCT all failed to provide the appropriate space to enable him to come home to teach and write as he so badly wanted to do.


Never to be forgotten, and in due recompense, Mafeje was further memorialised through the renaming of the Senate room where the protesting students staged the sit-in. The Archie Mafeje Room serves as a constant reminder to Senate of its obligation to ensure that the university space is open and supportive to all. mafejje

Please view the republishing articles page for more information. Six hundred students occupied the Bremner building and staged a sit-in in the Senate room.

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