A hundred years of headlines

A hundred years of headlines

Cross-reference from the Prologue and Chapter 8. News coverage of the entire history of the South African nation and some of  the history of the Western World must of necessity require more of your attention and time than any of the other Cross-References on a...
‘Arme blankes’ problem

‘Arme blankes’ problem

Cross-reference from Chapter 4. SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY has conspired to ignore one of the chief reasons for the rise of Afrikaner nationalism and Apartheid’s aggressive actions against, not only the black races, but against all other ‘outsiders’, including ‘die...
SA at War – a gap in social history

SA at War – a gap in social history

The racist inner-war in South Africa during World War 2 has never been adequately recorded, perhaps because of its complexity. It was a racist war waged by extremists.The majority of Afrikaners sided with the Engelse in fighting on ‘England’s side’. A minority indulged in insurgency (terrorism) and sought to link with Hitler. They lost, and the extremists finally took over South Africa. It was then that racism changed its colour. This cross-reference deals with these issues.

Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle

Cross reference to Chapter 7. Man of Many Colours Pringle stood on one leg; his other life-long shrivelled leg dangling; his crutch pointing ahead as he surveyed the poort, the formidable mountain pass, at the entry to his new home. Pringle’s party, after six months...
Battle for Moorosi’s Mountain

Battle for Moorosi’s Mountain

It is an epic which is as dramatic and brave as any recorded military clash in Southern Africa’s history. It involved three stages of armed, hand-to-hand combat and months of sieges. It resulted in no less than three Victoria Crosses being awarded to volunteers involved in scaling a cliff-face on long ladders, under heavy rifle fire. It led to the death of a famous chief and many of his warriors who defied the sons of Chief of Moshoehoe… It treads on the prejudices of South Africans of all colours. Yet very few are aware of this historic ‘civil war’.

Lessons from Soweto ’76 not learned

Lessons from Soweto ’76 not learned

Sam Nzima’s story behind a picture. Oral history, both good and bad, paints a different picture to the one put on the record at the moment it was happening half a lifetime ago.

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