Amina Cachalia dedicated her autobiography to her grandchildren

Date: Jun 14, 2013 | News

​​The late activist and African National Congress (ANC) veteran Amina Cachalia wrote her autobiography to share her legacy with her grandchildren. Her son Ghaleb and daughter Coco told the University of Johannesburg (UJ) community at the book launch on Wednesday, 12 June 2013.​


During the book discussion on the UJ Kingsway Campus, Ghaleb and Coco described their mother as a feminist who fought relentlessly for women’s emancipation. “Intrinsically, I think my mom was a real feminist. She was critical of the things women experienced during the apartheid times. She learned that from our grandmother (Amina’s mother) who took on the police and other oppressing forces – she was a very strong woman,” said Coco.
In the book, Amina Cachalia tells a tale of her real life experiences and how she was involved in the struggle for liberation. The book features her personal life, draws on some experiences she shared with former state president Nelson Mandela (who, according to Coco and Ghaleb, was very fond of their mother), and her view of the ANC Women’s League.
The two expressed their satisfaction at the way the book is written. Although the book features some controversial state of affairs, Coco and Ghaleb said they have never received any confrontation from the public. However, some of their close families were skeptical about it.
Ghaleb said there were many of his mother’s pictures that were not included in the book. He said they were looking into compiling them into an exhibition to share with the nation.
Among the people who attended the launch at the University was Ms Zanele Mbeki, wife of former South African President Thabo Mbeki.
Amina Cachalia's Son And Daughter
From left to right: Mr Ghaleb Cachalia, Ms Coco Cachalia and Dr Natasha Erlank discuss Amina Cachalia’s autobiography during the book launch on the UJ Kingsway Campus.
Amina Cachalia's Son And Daughter2

Latest News

| View All News

Celebrating outstanding individuals with Ellen Kuzwayo and Alumni Dignitas awards

This year’s Council Awards were littered with endings and beginnings.


Electric vehicles are the future of motorised transport, but South…

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor and Principal of


Vice-Chancellor Message – 25 November 2022

Dear UJ Community, One of the highlights of our University


UJ hockey coaches acknowledged for good coaching prowess

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) hockey team coaches, Shaun Laubscher


Basketball, Cricket, Football to wrap up the 2022 university sport…

For the first full year of university sports tournaments organised