Political Activist and Educationalist: Lecturer at various institutes and universities.
Dr Neville Edward Alexander was born on the 22 October 1936 in Cradock, Eastern Cape province. His father, David James Alexander, was a carpenter and mother, Dimbiti Bisho Alexander, was a primary school teacher. He was the first son.
In 1952, Alexander matriculated from the Holy Rosary Convent a Catholic mission school in Cradock. From 1953 to 1955, he studied Bachelor of Arts (majors German and History) at the University of Cape Town. He enrolled for an Honours and Master degree from 1956 to 1958 studying German. His master thesis was on the Silesia Baroque drama of Andreas Gryphius and Daniel Caspar von Lohenstein. He was honoured with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellow from the University of Tübingen to study for a doctorate in the Philosophical Faculty of the University of (West Germany). In 1961 he was awarded a Dr. Phil. By the University of Tübingen for a dissertation on style change in the dramatic work of Gerhart Hauptmann.
Alexander was also deeply involved in the struggle against Apartheid government in South Africa. He was the co-founder of the National Liberation Front. In 1964, he was convicted of conspiracy to commit sabotage and was imprisoned at Robben Island until 1974. His book, One Azania, One Nation (1979) was banned. In 1981, he was appointed Director of the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED). His currently a director of Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) at the University of Cape Town.
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