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Podcast: Brigalia Bam Shares Some Memorable and Influential Moments from Her Biography

Democracy - More Than Just ElectionsBrigalia Bam was recently featured on Redi Tlhabi’s show on Talk Radio 702 to speak about her autobiography Democracy – More Than Just Elections.

Bam’s name became synonymous with the IEC; she spent 12 years at the helm of the organisation after being personally appointed by Nelson Mandela.

Tlhabi says Bam was “morally bound to document your history,” adding: “You couldn’t just retire from the IEC and then move on”.

Bam says that writing the biography was in the works for a long time, and was a good way close off a chapter.

She speaks about her early life in a small village and how she ended up as the youngest boarder in her boarding school. Bam, Tlhabi says, is a global citizen. She lived, worked and studied away from South Africa for more than 20 years.

Bam says she missed home terribly when she lived abroad, but the freedom and dignity of human beings made her “desperate” for equality and democracy for her own country. When she came home, she played an integral role in making this a practical reality.

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