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  • Filling in the potholes of apartheid history

    RECENTLY, on 6 September, yet another apartheid functionary took with him to the grave secrets of the past without being put through a conclusive truth process. The dead man was João Rodrigues, the last surviving […]

     
  • When They Came for Me: The Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner

    John R. Schlapobersky, When They Came for Me: The Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2021) IN John Schlapobersky’s case they came on Friday 13 June 1969 in the middle of a […]

     
  • Dennis Brutus: The South African Years

    Tyrone August, Dennis Brutus: The South African Years (Cape Town: BestRed, 2020) ALTHOUGH renowned as a poet, political activist, journalist and teacher, with a life story that is relatively well-known, Dennis Brutus has proved an […]

     
  • Cricket South Africa and its truth commission

    THIRTY years after the fall of apartheid and Cricket South Africa (CSA) is involved in protracted hearings about social justice and nation building; in essence a truth commission to look at what has happened to […]

     
  • Searching for Sarah: The Woman who Loved Langenhoven

    Dominique Malherbe, Searching for Sarah: The Woman who Loved Langenhoven (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2021) SARAH (Saartjie) Eva Goldblatt was born in London on Christmas Day 1889 to a Jewish family that emigrated to South Africa […]

     
  • Secrets from the Cockpit: Pilots Behaving Badly and Other Flying Stories

    Robert Schapiro, Secrets from the Cockpit: Pilots Behaving Badly and Other Flying Stories (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2021) WHEN I was young, we dressed up in our best clothes to travel by plane. Passengers were treated […]

     
  • Rolling insurrection

    In his address to the nation on Friday 16 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa was blunt: recent public violence and looting had been ‘a deliberate, co-ordinated and well-planned attack on [South Africa’s] democracy … The constitutional […]

     
  • Into Dark Water: A Police Memoir

    Jeremy Vearey, Into Dark Water: A Police Memoir (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2021) THIS is a curate’s egg of a book. Correctly sub-titled as memoir, it is the work of a former MK soldier and ANC […]

     
  • Crime, punishment and policing in South Africa

    TUESDAY 1 June was an unusually bleak winter’s day in Pietermaritzburg after an overnight thunderstorm that lingered on into the morning together with Eskom power outages. It became even more remarkable in the university suburb […]

     
  • Insurrection in South Africa: from disaster to calamity

    ON Friday 8 July, just over a day after Jacob Zuma was jailed, a distressed truck driver phoned SAFM radio to say that he was being attacked on the N3, southern Africa’s main economic highway […]