Senior producer Xoli Moloi explores the lives of the twin sons of anti-apartheid activists Damian de Lange and Diana Cumberledge in Sons of Liberty.
Seamus and Kieran de Lange spent their childhood with no real home. They travelled the continent, moving from one frontline country to another, living mostly in the African National Congress (ANC) refugee settlements in Tanzania and Zambia. For years, the twins had no relationship with their father, Damian, who was mostly absent.
While the boys were growing up in refugee settlements, Damian was away fighting apartheid as an uMkhonto weSizwe operative. It was only recently that the twins started asking questions about their past, particularly about their father. Sons of Liberty follows the two men, now in their 30s, as they go back in time, attempting to understand who their father really was, and why he was never there.
The twins are currently working close with their father to mend their relationship. Seamus works independently at a construction company, while Kieran works with his father at Damian’s company. The father and sons have since relocated back to South Africa.
Moloi, who also produced Marikana: Through the Lens, was viewing ANC archive footage when she came across these two white boys in an ANC settlement in Tanzania. She then went on a mission to find them.
“Initially I just wanted to know who they were and how they ended up in the camps. But I found that they were curious about the same things,” said Xoli Moloi.
Sons of Liberty is part of eNCA’s special coverage of Heritage month. Also part of this initiative, the channel will broadcast a debate asking, What is home? This will feature South Africans who grew up in exile, and others who grew up under apartheid. The programme explores just what it means to be South African.