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Judge Kgomo’s Judgement and Announcing a New Edition of The Griekwastad Murders

The Griekwastad MurdersDie Griekwastad-MoordeJacques Steenkamp, the author of The Griekwastad Murders (also available in Afrikaans: Die Griekwastad-Moorde), has shared an update on the legal proceedings of the case. A new edition of the book, with an epilogue that covers the sentencing, will be released later this year.

Steenkamp’s blog post includes a link to the Judge Frans Kgomo’s judgement of Don Steenkamp, who turned 18 recently. Before this, being a minor, he could not be named in the media. He was convicted of raping and killing his younger sister and killing his parents, and is currently appealing his sentence.

I’ve uploaded Judge Frans Kgomo’s judgment with regards to the sentencing on this website. Please do read it. The new edition of my book will hit the shelves soon. This edition will include a new cover and an epilogue, which covers the sentencing.

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Podcast: Andrew Brown Chats to Nancy Richards About His Political Thriller, Devil’s Harvest

Devil's HarvestAndrew Brown spoke to SAfm‘s Nancy Richards about his political thriller, Devil’s Harvest.

Brown’s latest novel spans the globe, from the halls of Bristol University and London’s secretive MI6 building to the dusty streets of Juba and the refugee camps in war-torn South Sudan, and it exposes the dark truths of the international arms trade and the plight of the world’s newest country.

Listen to the podcast of the discussion in which Brown shares why he felt the need to set the book in South Sudan and what led him to capturing this particular story:

I was fascinated by that – the idea that civil war in Africa can be solved by redefining your colonial boundaries seemed to me to be a very good idea and I went a few months after the new country was born with an idea of a story around that and what I found was the same kind of euphoria that we had here in 1994: nation building, unity, a real sense of a country coming to its feet.

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Luke Alfred Presents His Latest Book: When the Lions Came to Town

When the Lions Came to TownNew from Zebra Press, When the Lions Came to Town: The 1974 Rugby Tour to South Africa by sports writer Luke Alfred:

The early 1970s in South Africa were a time of economic boom, political repression, growing isolation and an unshakable confidence that the Springboks were the best rugby team in the world – until the infamous 1974 British Lions tour. It was a tour in which a group of talented and long-haired rugby players from the United Kingdom played, sang and drank their way across the country, beating the Springboks 3-0 in the four tests, with the last one a dubious draw. Until then the Lions hadn’t beaten South Africa at home in 78 years.

South African rugby was in a backward, introspective phase. So uncertain were the Bok selectors of who their best side was that they pulled 33-year-old Hannes Marais out of retirement to lead the team, and they chose 38 players for the four Tests. In contrast, the Lions under captain Willie John McBride and coach Syd Millar had prepared as never before and played inspired rugby.

The tour sent shockwaves through white South Africa, while it was celebrated by black and coloured people across the country, with thousands lining the streets and waiting at airports for a glimpse of the visitors. This was, after all, a series never captured on local television (which arrived in 1976); in a way it was the last pre-television tour, a golden age of amateurism, pranks and setting hotel rooms alight – as the Lions did after winning the series in PE.

Featuring interviews with protagonists on both sides, and with referees and journalists, When the Lions Came to Town casts a fresh eye on a divisive but undeniably colourful period in South African political, social and sporting history.

About the author

Luke Alfred was a sports journalist for 18 years, and was the sports editor and senior cricket writer at the Sunday Times in Johannesburg. He is now a freelance journalist after working briefly as consultant at Cricket South Africa, and he is the author of three previous cricket books. He is married and has three sons.

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Brothers in War and Peace Excerpt: Dennis Cruywagen Explores Constand Viljoen’s Decisions Right Before the ’94 Elections

Brothers in War and PeaceMail & Guardian has shared an edited excerpt from Dennis Cruywagen’s Brothers in War and Peace.

This book takes a look at the intertwined destiny of twin brothers Abraham and Constand Viljoen, who embarked on starkly different paths in life. One was a deeply religious man, who opposed apartheid; the other was a man of war, who became head of the SADF. But together they would play a crucial role in preventing South Africa from descending into civil war.

In this excerpt, from the chapter titled “The Ultimatum”, Cruywagen explores former South African military commander and politician Constand’s complex negotiations with the ANC right before the first democratic elections in 1994:

Uneasy, filled with a growing disquiet and doubtful of the liberation movement’s real intentions, for his own protection and as a guarantee of the ANC’s commitment, he called for a written agreement that would recognise the Afrikaners’ wish for self-determination and sanction the establishment of a volkstaatraad to examine the possibility of establishing an Afrikaner enclave. To bind the ANC, he insisted the accord be signed before the election.

The agreement was ready by April 12 1994 but the ANC kept postponing the signing ceremony, thereby adding to Viljoen’s stress. Frantic and losing confidence in the liberation movement, he began to think they were playing him for a fool, pushing him closer to April 27, when he would have no other alternative but to accept that the election was happening and that he was not going to get anything from the ANC. His credibility and integrity were on the line.

He eventually snapped under the mounting pressure and reverted to threats. Angry, he went to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver a message to Pik Botha: Was the National Party government aware of the heavy emotions running through Afrikaner veins?

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Video: Max du Preez gesels oor die Farlam-kommissie, Cyril Ramaphosa en die Marikana-slagting

A Rumour of SpringPolitieke ontleder en outeur van A Rumour of Spring Max du Preez het kort voor die tweede herdenking van die Marikana-slagting met Dagbreek TV gesels oor die Farlam-kommissie, Cyril Ramaphosa en die verantwoordbaarheid van hierdie tragiese gebeurtenis.

“Dit blyk as ons terug kyk asof Lonmin die hele drama kon voorkom het as hulle gesê het, ‘Ja, kom manne, kom ons praat’,” sê Du Preez oor die Lonmin-bestuur. Hy hou vol dat Ramaphosa nie sou kon voorsien dat die polisie die stakers sou doodskiet nie en daarom nie verantwoordbaar gehou kan word vir die verlies van lewe daardie dag nie.

Kyk na die video:

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Dennis Cruywagen to Launch Brothers in War and Peace at the Kelvin Grove Club

Brothers in War and PeaceDennis Cruywagen will launch his new book, Brothers in War and Peace, at the Kelvin Grove Club in Cape Town on 25 September 2014.

The launch will take place in the ballroom and the dress code is smart casual. Tickets are R150 for Kelvin Grove members and R160 for non-members. The price of the ticket includes a two-course menu, lunch and dessert, and Cruywagen will speak about his book.

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

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Video: Joost van der Westhuizen vertel van sy stryd en triomf in nuwe fliek

JoostJoost en Amor“Twee dinge aanvaar ons elke dag as vanselfsprekend. En dit is tyd en gesondheid. En die oomblik as jy dit verloor, eers dan, skrik ons wakker.”

So sê Joost van der Westhuizen in die lokprent vir sy nuwe fliek, Joost: Spel van Glorie. In die fliek gesels Joost oor sy sportloopbaan, sy gesin en sy stryd met motorneuronsiekte.

“In die begin gaan jy deur al die emosies en jy begin vra, “Hoekom ek?” En dis heel eenvoudig. Hoekom nie ek nie?”

Om meer oor Joost se verhaal te lees kan jy gerus Spieëlbeeld en Joost en Amor: Agter die skerms optel. Die twee titels is ook in Engels beskikbaar as The Man in the Mirror en Joost en Amor: Behind the Headlines.

Regisseur en vervaardiger Odette Schwegler gaan die fliek tydens die kykNET Silwerskermfees bekendstel. Die fees neem plaas van 27 tot 30 Augustus by The Bay Hotel in Kampsbaai.

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Lag nóg meer met Idees Vol Vrees 4, Kobus Galloway se jongste versameling

Idees Vol Vrees 4Zebra stel graag Kobus Galloway se Idees Vol Vrees Volume 4 bekend:

Kobus Galloway se Idees Vol Vrees-tekenprente raak al hoe gewilder: hy het nou 150 000 aanhangers op Facebook, teenoor 75 000 ’n jaar gelede. Hierdie ongewone, spitsvondige en grappige Afrikaanse tekenprente, wat gewoonlik gepaardgaan met dubbelsinnige eenreël-woordspelings, is ’n groot gunsteling onder Suid-Afrikaners.

Idees Vol Vrees Volume 4 volg op die sukses van die eerste drie boeke en is ’n versameling van nog 150 tekenprente, waaronder die gewildstes en meer as 100 nuwe tekenprente wat nog nêrens anders verskyn het nie. Dit is ’n moet-hê vir sy bestaande bewonderaars en sal ongetwyfeld ’n hele klomp nuwes lok. As ’n bonus bevat die boek ook 50 van Kobus se oorspronklike eenreël-woordspelinggrappies wat jou lagspiere behoorlik sal prikkel.

Oor die outeur

Kobus Galloway het op sesjarige ouderdom begin teken, en het ná skool grafiese ontwerp gestudeer. Hy woon nou in Kaapstad, waar hy as ’n illustreerder en infografiese ontwerper vir Media24 se weeklikse tydskrifte werk. In sy vrye tyd is Kobus ’n skerpskertser en vryskut-ontwerper / illustreerder. Hy is die eienaar van Komedie Media CC en het reeds met plaaslike kunstenaars soos Marion Holm, Pierre Breytenbach en Casper de Vries saamgewerk.


Justice Denied Author David Klatzow: “If You Have a Spouse to Knock Off, Now’s the Time To Do It”

Justice DeniedJustice Denied author and forensics expert David Klatzow recently spoke to the Cape Town Press Club where he spoke about, among other things, the infamous Inge Lotz case.

Klatzow believes that “Fred [van der Vyver], had he not had the resources to throw R9 million at the case, would be sitting in Pollsmoor Prison”.

Daily Maverick‘s Rebecca Davis reports that Klatzow also discussed cases of international convictions of innocent people based on inaccurate or fraudulent evidence given by police forensic experts, curious cases from the apartheid-era and the state of the state’s forensic laboratories:

“If you have a spouse to knock off, now’s the time to do it,” he said. “And do it with poison.”

David Klatzow has a simple message for anyone accused of a crime in South Africa: don’t expect to get a fair ride.

“I’ve written a book about this because it seems to me that we have a problem in this country,” Klatzow told an audience at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday. He said that there is a justifiable expectation that the state, with its powerful resources, should be able to handle the processing and interpretation of forensic evidence correctly: “One would expect the state to get it right.”

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Podcast: Jonathan Kaplan Gets Surprise Phone Calls from Piet van Zyl and Kobus Wiese

Call It Like It IsJonathan Kaplan recently spent a morning with Rian van Heerden in the Jacaranda FM studio as a guest on The Complimentary Breakfast show, discussing, among other things, his book Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story.

Kaplan shares his thoughts on Kiwi referee Bryce Lawrence’s controversial career, owning up to mistakes, “the dirtiest game he ever blew”, and gets a surprise phone calls from Piet van Zyl (who infamously tackled a referee) and rugby legend Kobus Wiese.

Listen to the entertaining podcast, which is a little more than 30 minutes long:

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