• In an Age of Unreason

    In an Age of Unreason

    ‘BREXIT means Brexit’; except that for Theresa May it failed spectacularly to do so. It could yet elude Boris Johnson, too. At a superficial level the June 2016 referendum result reflected English nostalgia for a […]

     
  • The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles

    The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles

    Caryn Dolley, The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles (Jonathan Ball, 2019) RATIONAL people might assume that there is a clear fault line between police and criminals; yet even in the best-ordered societies the […]

     
  • The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires' Club

    The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club

    Pieter du Toit, Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club (Jonathan Ball, 2019) THE term ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ was concocted, it seems, by two well-known financial journalists by way of wry commentary. Appropriated by interests such as […]

     
  • Tobacco Wars: Inside the Spy Games and Dirty Tricks of Southern Africa's Cigarette Trade

    Tobacco Wars: Inside the Spy Games and Dirty Tricks of Southern Africa’s Cigarette Trade

    Johann van Loggerenberg, Tobacco Wars: Inside the Spy Games and Dirty Tricks of Southern Africa’s Cigarette Trade (Tafelberg, 2019) SMOKING is considered by many a filthy habit, but according to Johann van Loggerenberg it is […]

     
  • For the People: A Small Town's Struggle against Apartheid

    For the People: A Small Town’s Struggle against Apartheid

    Anelia Schutte, For the People: A Small Town’s Struggle against Apartheid (HQ, 2019) MUCH of the struggle against apartheid took place in dorps like Cradock and Oudtshoorn, their particular histories overshadowed by the main centres, […]

     
  • The SABC8

    The SABC8

    Foeta Krige, The SABC8 (Penguin, 2019) BOOKSHOP shelves are weighted with tales of anti-apartheid activism. And the number of titles recording the struggles of post-liberation human rights activists grows steadily. Foeta Krige’s book considers the […]

     
  • SONA and the State of the Nation: 'System Down'

    SONA and the State of the Nation: ‘System Down’

    SURPRISINGLY, there was a well-timed reminder by snail mail: my driver’s licence was due for renewal on 29 April. Surprising because officialdom has publicly said it’s not responsible for reminding us about anything and then […]

     
  • Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart

    Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart

    Toni Strasburg, Holding the Fort: A Family Torn Apart (Kwela Books, 2019) LIONEL (Rusty) and Hilda Bernstein were among several couples prominent in the South African liberation struggle. When detained on 8 April 1960 during […]

     
  • Reflections on D-Day after 75 years

    Reflections on D-Day after 75 years

    ‘DESPITE appalling weather conditions, we were given the go-ahead. We left harbour in failing light and picked up our group of landing craft. They fell into line behind us, twelve ships enormous in bulk compared […]

     
  • Which General - Which ANC?

    Which General – Which ANC?

    AT the time of the May 1987 South African general election, when the apartheid government was on its last legs, stickers were distributed reading ‘The trouble … is we don’t know which general we are […]