• Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered

    Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered

    Anneliese Burgess, Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered (Cape Town: Penguin, 2018) VIOLENT crime is a long-standing South African tradition and at the top of the hierarchy are the gangsters who hijack cash-in-transit vehicles. These […]

     
  • Massaging history in an orgy of hagiography

    Massaging history in an orgy of hagiography

    ‘POLITICALLY and morally accountable for gross violations of human rights’: the author of this statement is South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); and its subject is Winnie Madikizela Mandela (WMM) who died on 2 […]

     
  • In appreciation of Stephen Poliakoff

    In appreciation of Stephen Poliakoff

    STEPHEN Poliakoff is a prolific and highly successful scriptwriter and film director, a Londoner by birth and career and now in his mid-60s. Like so many creative and accomplished Britons he is of relatively recent […]

     
  • As by Fire: The End of the South African University

    As by Fire: The End of the South African University

    Jonathan Jansen, As by Fire: The End of the South African University (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2017) UNIVERSITIES are fragile institutions. They require calm and as little change and disruption as possible to enable their primary […]

     
  • Rescued from the brink?

    THE seventh week of the year proved momentous for southern Africa. First, thief-in-chief President Jacob Zuma was forced to resign by his own party, but not before prevarication had allowed a number of his criminal […]

     
  • Caught in the Middle: The Autobiography of Mike Procter

    Caught in the Middle: The Autobiography of Mike Procter

    Mike Procter and Lungani Zama, Caught in the Middle: The Autobiography of Mike Procter (Cape Town: Don Nelson, 2017) A FEROCIOUSLY fast bowler who could turn to off spin, a dominating and entertaining middle order batsman, […]

     
  • The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees' Parents Support Committee

    The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee

    Terry Shakinovsky and Sharon Cort with Lauren Segal, The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee (Johannesburg: Picador Africa, 2018) DURING the 1980s, in its desperate attempt to delay liberation, […]

     
  • State of the South African nation

    BEFORE, during and since the ANC’s elective conference in December last year much has been made of personalities. This is not without reason. President Jacob Zuma is widely regarded as ‘thief-in-chief’ and Cyril Ramaphosa’s election […]

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

    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 […]

     
  • On a road to nowhere

    FOR many years there has been major excavation and traffic disruption at the junction of Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road in London. The reason is the massive tunnel being drilled through […]