This is the first biography of Solomon Plaatje written in his mother-tongue, Setswana, and the only book-length biography written by someone who actually knew him. In this account, Molema balances Plaatje's public and political persona - as a pioneer black politician and man of letters - with an intimate account of Plaatje, the human being.
Seetsele Modiri Molema (1891-1965) was a doctor and surgeon by profession. After completing his medical degree at the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 1919, he lived in Dublin, Ireland where he wrote and published the landmark history, Bantu Past and Present: An Ethnographic and History Study of the Native Races of South Africa (Edinburgh: Green, 1920). He later returned to Mafikeng where he spent most of his life treating black and white patients alike. D. S. Matjila is Associate Professor in the Department of African Languages at UNISA. Karen Haire is Senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg where she teaches academic writing