Always looking for answers

2008-07-25 00:00

The name of Mary de Haas usually comes prefixed with “the KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor”, an ackowledgement of her involvement in the documentation of political violence in this province since the mid-eighties. Asked to describe herself, and after giving the matter some thought, she says: “I’m an anthropologist — it’s a discipline that is about the study of humanity.

Her father was another influence. An instrumentation specialist by profession, he was also a first-aider with both the St John Ambulance Brigade and the Red Cross. “In Portsmouth he did first aid for the victims of the air raids. When the Durban ice rink opened he was on duty the first night and I got a free ticket.”

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