published on: 02 June 2009
Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was one of the most gifted and versatile black
South Africans of his generation. He was in the forefront of the public
affairs of the African people for the greater part of his adult life as
politician, writer and journalist.
He devoted his many talents to one overriding cause: the struggle of
African people against injustice and dispossession during the second
half of the nineteenth and the early part of the twentieth century, that
saw the country of his birth transformed from a colonial backwater into
an industrial state.