• The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup

    Ray Hartley, The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2016) THE RUN-UP to the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa lasted five years. It was a remarkably […]

     
  • The Testimony of Steve Biko and No Fears Expressed: Quotes from Steve Biko

    Millard W. Arnold (ed.), The Testimony of Steve Biko and No Fears Expressed: Quotes from Steve Biko (Picador Africa) APARTHEID was a theatre of both fear and farce. Steve Biko, by then a banned person, […]

     
  • A Legacy of Spies

    John le Carré, A Legacy of Spies (Penguin Random House) IN the novel that first made John le Carré’s name, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Alec Leamas and Elizabeth Gold are shot […]

     
  • The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison

    Jacques Pauw, The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison (Tafelberg) HE became South Africa’s president in 2009 already deeply compromised by the arms deal. Subsequently Jacob Zuma has behaved like […]

     
  • Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld

    Mark SHAW, Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2017) WANT someone rubbed out? It could cost you as little as R10 000 in a society in which extreme violence is commonplace […]

     
  • Oliver Tambo: A Jacana Pocket Biography

    Hugh MACMILLAN, Oliver Tambo: A Jacana Pocket Biography (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2017) HAD it not been for the Treason Trial of 1956, Oliver Tambo would almost certainly have become an Anglican priest. He was close to […]

     
  • Not Without a Fight: The Autobiography

    Helen ZILLE, Not Without a Fight: The Autobiography (Cape Town: Penguin Random House, 2016) HELEN Zille arrived home one night after a visit to a Cape Town township believing her car had been stoned. However, […]

     
  • The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme

    Bongani NGQULUNGA, The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme (Cape Town: Penguin, 2017) THE title of this book is a little misleading. The significance of Pixley ka Isaka Seme’s […]

     
  • Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson

    Jonathan ANCER, Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2017) HUNDREDS of apartheid-era operatives have quietly disappeared into the forgotten recesses of post-liberation South Africa. An exception is the much-reviled Craig Williamson: “I feel anger; seething […]

     
  • We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge

    Albie SACHS, We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge (Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2016) THE South African Constitution is a constant benign presence in this book, Albie Sachs’s anthology of writings and talks. It […]