Mac Maharaj Discusses Peace-Making and Justice with the Tufts Community

by mdillard
Oct 30

Mac Maharaj was a member of Nelson Mandela’s inner circle during the days of resistance in South Africa. In 1977, after spending 12 years in prison on Robben Island, he was appointed secretary of the Internal Political and Reconstruction Department of the ANC. He served on the Revolutionary Council and National Executive Committee of the ANC, an underground program of armed resistance against the apartheid government. After Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, Maharaj was a lead negotiator for the ANC in talks with the National Party government and Joint Secretary of the Transitional Executive Council, overseeing South Africa’s transition to democracy. Mandela appointed Maharaj minister of transport upon becoming president in 1994; Maharaj served in parliament until 1999. Recently, he was also the official spokesperson for South African President Jacob Zuma.

In his lecture, Maharaj talked about the challenges we face in peace-making and the pursuit of justice, looking specifically at achieving peace and democracy in South Africa.

 

Before the lecture, EPIIC student Uzair Sattar presented Maharaj with the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award for his outstanding work in South Africa.

 

Read the Tufts Daily article here!

Read the Fletcher School article here!

Listen to the lecture!