Askari by Jacob Dlamini

By Jacob Dlamini

In 1986 ‘Comrade September’, a charismatic ANC operative and renowned MK commander, used to be kidnapped from Swaziland via the apartheid safety police and brought around the border. After torture and interrogation, September was once ‘turned’ and sooner than lengthy the police had extracted sufficient details to seek down and kill a few of his former comrades.

September underwent alterations that marked him for the remainder of his existence: from resister to collaborator, rebel to counter-insurgent, innovative to counter-revolutionary and, to his former comrades, hero to traitor. Askari is the tale of those adjustments in an individual’s existence and of the bigger, missed heritage of betrayal and collaboration within the fight opposed to apartheid. It seeks to appreciate why September made the alternatives he did – taking part along with his captors, turning opposed to the ANC, after which removing his comrades – with no excusing these offerings. It seems past the black-and-white that also dominates South Africa’s political canvas, to envision the gray zones during which South Africans – fighters and non-combatants – lived.

September’s acts of betrayal shape yet one layer in a sedimentation of betrayals, for September himself was once betrayed via the Swazi police, while he was once kidnapped from his hideout in Swaziland via the apartheid loss of life squad in August 1986. This, then, isn't a morality story within which the traces among heroes and villains are truly drawn. even as, the publication doesn't declare that the competing aspects within the struggle opposed to apartheid have been ethical equivalents. It seeks to give a contribution to makes an attempt to difficult a denser, richer and extra nuanced account of South Africa’s smooth political background. It does so through reading the background of political violence in South Africa; through the workings of an apartheid loss of life squad in an try and know how the apartheid paperwork labored; and, extra importantly, through learning the social, ethical and political universe within which apartheid collaborators like September lived and labored. this isn't a biography – a cradle-to-grave account of September’s existence – although it does, the place important, examine his lifestyles. September was once no longer the 1st resister-turned-collaborator. yet he was once additionally no traditional collaborator. this is the reason his tale merits telling.

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