• A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink

    A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink

    Crispian Olver, A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink (Jonathan Ball, 2019) CAPE Town has a reputation, based on consistent clean audits and much evidence of administrative efficiency, as the […]

     
  • Permanent Record

    Permanent Record

    Edward Snowden, Permanent Record (Macmillan, 2019) THE first, and most important, point to make about Edward Snowden is that he is not Julian Assange. Snowden is a whistleblower in the classic sense who identified illegality, […]

     
  • Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections

    Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections

    Benjamin Pogrund (ed.), Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections (Jonathan Ball, 2019) WRITTEN out of history – that is fair comment on the life of founding Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) president Robert Sobukwe. First imprisoned by […]

     
  • Post-Apartheid Censorship and the Chief with a Double Agenda

    Post-Apartheid Censorship and the Chief with a Double Agenda

    THE early 1990s were a time of acute instability in South Africa – but also of great hope. Structural change was yet to begin, but many of the apartheid regime’s proscriptions, such as censorship, were […]

     
  • 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 […]