“Unless some miracle happens, this will be a glorious country for corporation pythons and political puff-adders, forced labour and commercial despotism, but no fit place for freemen to live in.”
A.K. SOGA, EDITOR OF IZWI LABANTU, 1907
In an age of bewilderment, it is difficult to connect with our strange South African history. The events surrounding the ‘Jameson Raid’ of 1895, in which an ebullient Rhodes and his cronies tried to seize the old Transvaal Republic, demonstrate an early attempt at state capture. Fifteen years later, an alliance of canny Boer War generals and the British Colonial Once captured the state in the name of White settlers. One hundred years later, President Zuma and his collaborators captured the post-apartheid state in the blink of an eye.
Novelist Willie Currie explores these events with a sardonic vision. He blends history and fiction in an unlikely adventure story that is at once entertaining and illuminating. Seizure is a comedy wrapped in a tragedy underpinned by a fascinating quest. A typical South African selle ou storie.
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