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Kevin Woods - Guest Speaker and Keynote Speaker - Durban

Kevin Woods was sentenced to death in Zimbabwe and jailed for nearly 20 years by Robert Mugabe. For more than 5 years of his detention he was held in the shadow of Mugabe's gallows, naked in solitary confinement, and totally cut off from the world.

He had been a senior member of Robert Mugabe's intelligence organization, the CIO, and was jailed for politically motivated activity, on behalf of the old South African Government, against the ANC, whose guerrillas at that time were taking refuge in Zimbabwe, from where they would springboard armed raids into South Africa.

From Mugabe's confidante, to condemned prisoner, he will recount his life on the edge, as a double agent. He will relate to you the desolation of being abandoned when he was compromised and detained, and also his lone fight to maintain his humanity, self dignity and sanity in a prison system that belongs to the middle ages.

Removed from society and with his fundamental human rights arbitrarily withdrawn, he has been there, done that, and has got the T-shirt when it comes to stress management, utter hopelessness, and coping under the most desperate conditions imaginable.

Kevin Woods will inspire you to take an introspective look at your own life, your careers, and your aspirations and ambitions. He will motivate you to achieve new heights, far removed from emotions such as self-pity and depression; which if ignored can all too suddenly creep up on us unawares, and make us all feel like we just cannot get through another day.

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His story, unlike so many others, has a happy ending with hugging his, (now adult) children, and meeting Nelson Mandela (who tried to get him released) being the highlights.

Kevin worked as a double agent for the South African apartheid government and Robert Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organization in the 80s. He was incarcerated in the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison (Harare ) for 20 years, five of which were spent naked on death row.

His release was pleaded to Mugabe by none other than Nelson Mandela in the 90s but this fell on deaf ears. Finally, a year ago he received a presidential pardon. Kevin now lives in South Africa and has launched a well-received career in motivational speaking. This is his story.

As part of a three-city author tour, Kevin’s book will be launched in Johannesburg on the 7th of November; in Cape Town on the 15th of November; and in Durban on the 22nd of November. The launches will take the form of a motivational talk and not a conventional book launch.

Kevin Woods was sentenced to death in Zimbabwe and jailed for twenty years by Robert Mugabe. For more than five years of his detention he was held in the shadow of Mugabe’s gallows, cut off from the world, naked and in solitary confinement. He had been a senior member of Mugabe’s dreaded Central Intelligence Organization, the CIO, and was jailed for committing politically motivated offences, on behalf of the white South African government, against the ANC in Zimbabwe.

From Mugabe’s confidant to condemned prisoner he recounts his life on the edge, as a double agent. He explains the desolation of being abandoned by South Africa when he was compromised and he details his lone fight to maintain his humanity, self-dignity and sanity in a prison system that belongs to the Middle Ages. Removed from society and with his fundamental human rights arbitrarily withdrawn, Woods has been there, done that, and has got the T-shirt when it comes to stress, utter hopelessness and coping while under the most desperate conditions imaginable.

This book will inspire you to take an introspective look at your own life, your careers, your aspirations and ambitions. His story, unlike so many others has a happy ending with him hugging his now-adult children and meeting former President Nelson Mandela being the highlights.

“Maybe I made it through those 7,140 days and nights by fooling myself so often. Maybe it was my God. Maybe it was stubbornness and my knowledge that Mugabe and his cronies wanted nothing more than for me to die, of natural causes in that dismal place. (He couldn’t just send the goons to kill me, you see? There were too many people and a few governments as well who were watching.) I did not want to give Mugabe that gratification, and that was serious motivation for me to persevere.

Whatever it was, through all those years of having my hopes eroded time after time, just like the waves, I made it. Whether I am sane or not (I figure this is debatable) I did it. We can all do it no matter how dark things get, no matter how sad, how desperate, how fucking morbid.

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Kevin Woods - Guest Speaker and Keynote Speaker - Durban

 
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