We were very lucky. My mother and stepmothers were on very, very good terms - and so we, the children, grew up as brothers and sisters. You did not always have your meals in your mother's house; you ate together with the others, anywhere in the home, and my stepmothers would bring us together and just feed us; and we would play together, except for going to bed, and then you would go to your mother's hut to sleep ... Very good atmosphere. We learnt to forget our mothers were different ... I think I owe this kind of family to my father.

Childhood in traditional, polygamous Xhosa family. Quote taken from Luli Callinicos: Oliver Tambo - beyond the Ngele mountains, 28-29.



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