Nelson Mandela Foundation


Foot Soldier for Freedom: A Life in South Africa’s Liberation Movement tells the story of Rica Hodgson. Her autobiography, which was produced with the assistance of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, includes details of how she was banned, placed in detention and under house arrest, and sent into exile by the apartheid government.

Tracing her journey from childhood, born to middle-class Jewish immigrants, to joining the army at the age of 23 and becoming a member of the Springbok Legion, the Communist Party and the African National Congress, the book lends insight into Hodgson’s increasing involvement in the anti-apartheid movement.

Interwoven within stories of the South African struggle are details of Rica Hodgson’s marriage to activist Jack Hodgson, her time in prison, and her relationships with some of the struggle movement’s most well-known activists, from Ruth First and Hilda Bernstein to Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Bram Fischer.

Foot Soldier for Freedom is available at all good bookstores in South Africa.

Title: Foot Soldier for Freedom: A life in South Africa’s liberation movement
Author: Rica Hodgson
ISBN: 978-1-77010-189-0
Category: Non-fiction (Autobiography)
Format: Trade Paperback (234mm by 153mm)