• Lies, politics and history

    Lies, politics and history

    A CONVENIENTLY forgotten aspect of the long, convoluted and unresolved saga of Brexit is the fact that the successful Leave campaign in 2016 was based on a stack of lies and a raft of other […]

     
  • Disappointments of working lives

    Disappointments of working lives

    A CROWNING moment of a lifetime’s professional work would in the past have been a handing over to one’s younger, competent successor confident that while times inevitably move on values and principles would be carefully […]

     
  • The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas

    The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas

    Harris Dousemetzis with Gerry Loughran, The Man Who Killed Apartheid: The Life of Dimitri Tsafendas (Jacana, 2018) EXACTLY who was Hendrik Verwoerd’s assassin? In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched account of the life of Dimitri Tsafendas, […]

     
  • Driving and the national psyche

    Driving and the national psyche

    LAST July we drove back home from the Eastern Cape via Transkei. Forty years ago this stretch of the N2 was regarded with extreme trepidation by drivers as posing every conceivable danger: hazardous road layout […]

     
  • A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley

    A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley

    Philippe Denis, Paddy Kearney and Jane Argall (eds), A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley (Cluster Publications, 2018) APARTHEID South Africa produced a remarkable number of outstanding church leaders: Desmond Tutu, Allan Boesak, […]

     
  • ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend

    ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend

    Chris Hoare, ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend (Partners in Publishing, 2018) AN officer and a gentleman; a brave, swashbuckling adventurer; a legend in his lifetime; the ‘best bloody officer in the British army’; the man […]

     
  • Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

    Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

    Evelyn Groenink, lncorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani (Privately published, 2018) IN February 1990 we liberated the contents of the banned book cupboard in the local university […]

     
  • The search for a better life

    The search for a better life

    LAND restitution: you will not find a mainstream political party or commentator in South Africa who does not fervently support it as an essential prerequisite of the nation’s future. The current populist cry (and increasingly […]

     
  • Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932

    Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932

    Brian Willan, Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876–1932 (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2018) MAGISTERIAL is an apt description of this massive biography – for its depth of research, breadth of context and precision of […]

     
  • Liberty in peril

    Liberty in peril

    THESE are troubled times globally for pluralism and liberal democracy; and especially in South Africa whose rainbow nation gloss has long looked thoroughly tarnished. In recent weeks the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), third largest party […]