DONALD BARKLY MOLTENO (13 February 1908–1972), known as Dilizintaba ("He who removes mountains"), was a South African parliamentarian , constitutional lawyer , champion of civil rights and a prominent opponent of Apartheid .
* 1 Early life and legal career * 2 Political career * 3 Academic career and later life * 4 References * 5 Further reading
EARLY LIFE AND LEGAL CAREER
He was born on 13 February 1908 in
Cape Town , in the then Cape
Diocesan College and
Cambridge University , where he
graduated in 1930 with Honours in Law and was called to the Bar at the
Inner Temple . After practising law for a time in London, he returned
He was also President of the Cape Bar Council from 1961 to 1963.
He was elected a
Member of Parliament at the age of 29, representing
Western Cape constituency for 11 years until 1948. During this
time he was an exceptionally prominent and active MP in the
opposition. He was a member of the Civil Rights League, Cafda and the
Cape Joint Council of Europeans and Bantu. He was also the regional
representative on the
South African Institute of Race Relations
It was partly due to his fight against the segregationalist policies of J. B. M. Hertzog that he acquired the Xhosa name Dilizintaba ("Remover of mountains").
He went on to become the first chairman of the Liberal Party of South
Africa 's constitutional committee before he joined the Progressive
Party (South Africa) and became chairman of its constitutional policy
commission as well. He was also one of the Counsel engaged in the
constitutional cases questioning the powers of the Union Parliament of
Molteno was a supporter and the main legal advisor of the Black Sash movement, from soon after it began in 1955. The movement later wrote of him: "He taught us all we had to know about Civil Rights, about the inequities and iniquities of the pass laws and influx control...; and so very much more. His knowledge and experience illuminated all our efforts to inform and educate ourselves and the South African public." (The Black Sash, Feb. 1973)
ACADEMIC CAREER AND LATER LIFE
Mr Molteno was a member of the University of Cape Town Council (from 1951 to 1960) as well as a part-time lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law at that institution. He lectured full-time at the Department of Roman Dutch Law from 1964, and in 1967 was appointed Professor of the newly created Department of Public Law.
Molteno was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law in 1970 - a position he held until his death in 1972. He left two children by his first wife Veronica Strömsöe and three by his second wife Mary Fleet Goldsmith. The Dictionary of South African Biography (Vol.5, p. 515) described him as, "a man of great humanity, as well as of brilliant intellect."
He appears as a character in the novel 'Ah, but Your Land is
Beautiful ' by his colleague and contemporary
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APARTHEID-ERA POLITICAL PARTIES AND GROUPS
POST-APARTHEID POLITICAL PARTIES AND GROUPS
PEOPLE BEFORE AND DURING THE APARTHEID ERA
* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 65694120 * LCCN : n94006606 * SUDOC :