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.
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’.
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.