• Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part five, skulduggery

    Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part five, skulduggery

    AS children we learnt the importance of honesty and fairness, and were quick with ‘it’s not fair’ whenever we suspected unequal treatment. No doubt we didn’t always tell the truth, but I remember my internal […]

     
  • The Berlin Shadow

    The Berlin Shadow

    Jonathan Lichtenstein, The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport (London: Scribner, 2020) HANS Eugen Lichtenstein, aged 12, arrived alone from Berlin at London’s Liverpool Street station in mid-1939, one of ten thousand […]

     
  • Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part four, uncertainty and confusion

    Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part four, uncertainty and confusion

    ‘IF you’re not confused, you haven’t been paying attention’ (Tom Peters, rough paraphrase There are, quite suddenly, increasing numbers of new cases of coronavirus in the UK, the R number is now 1–1.2, and a […]

     
  • Death Flight

    Death Flight

    Michael Schmidt, Death Flight: Apartheid’s Secret Doctrine of Disappearance (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) PARKED at an East Rand airport you may find a Piper Seneca II, registered ZS-KFG. This is the aircraft used in the […]

     
  • War Party: How the ANC's Political Killings are Breaking South Africa

    War Party: How the ANC’s Political Killings are Breaking South Africa

    Greg Ardé, War Party: How the ANC’s Political Killings are Breaking South Africa (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) ORGANISED crime resorts readily to violence; so it is no surprise that the ANC, which Durban-based journalist Greg […]

     
  • South Africa: a country of parallel worlds

    South Africa: a country of parallel worlds

    SOUTH Africa’s political pundits are forecasting major problems ahead for the African National Congress. Having run the country’s state institutions and its economy into the ground, it is currently mismanaging the Covid-19 epidemic. A string […]

     
  • The Murder of Ahmed Timol

    The Murder of Ahmed Timol

    Imtiaz A. Cajee, The Murder of Ahmed Timol: My Search for the Truth (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2020) AN inquest in 1972 returned a verdict of suicide. The re-opened inquest in 2017 concluded that murder had been […]

     
  • Landfill inferno and municipal meltdown

    Landfill inferno and municipal meltdown

    DAWN on Tuesday 21 July on the old Hesketh motor racing circuit south of Pietermaritzburg. Down below in the river valley was an intense fire that looked like the very definition of Hades. Above it […]

     
  • The Terrorist Album: Apartheid's Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police

    The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police

    Jacob Dlamini, The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2020) DURING eight months in 1993, following a verbal command to destroy all operational records, South Africa’s state […]

     
  • Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part three, authority or authoritarianism?

    Views on the world as lockdown lifts: part three, authority or authoritarianism?

    ‘AS well as longer-term proposals to reduce the incidence of obesity, government officials are having urgent discussions about how to persuade people to lose weight in the next few months, before an anticipated resurgence in […]