Adam Small (1936-2016)
The candidate had no PhD in Social Work, but gained a MA in Philosophy and he had years of practical experience as a qualified social worker; he had few, if any, formal Social Work research publications but he had produced numerous poetical, dramatic and essayistic publications; he wrote and comment...
|Published in:||Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 53; no. 2; pp. 181 - 185|
|Main Author:||Willemse, Hein|
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The candidate had no PhD in Social Work, but gained a MA in Philosophy and he had years of practical experience as a qualified social worker; he had few, if any, formal Social Work research publications but he had produced numerous poetical, dramatic and essayistic publications; he wrote and commented conscientiously on matters of the day in popular journals and newspapers. According to Tina Choegoe it is due to Small's efforts that her husband, the murderer Marthinus Choegoe, escaped the executioner's noose in the mid-1970s (see Cleophas 31). Nou, ná jare en jare, veertig jaar, eintlik 'n halwe eeu, het ek vir myself die Lig gevind, en daardie klein bruin kind se Wil vervul: hom ingebind in Afrikaans vir altyd.3 Yet, amidst a political environment characterised by social and political insularity, the structural violence of apartheid, the violence of the organs of state and the violence of resistance Small resolutely advanced the notion of on-going dialogue, of keeping open the prospects of truthful discussion and deliberation: 'we must trust our collective intellect, constantly seeking contact and trying to understand each other', he said again and again over the years. True to his ingrained predisposition to dialogue he accepted the last National Party's leader, State President F. W de Klerk's Order for Meritorious Service (Gold) in 1994 and awards from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, an academic organisation that earlier actively excluded non-white Afrikaans speakers from their ranks.