True stories: the winners are …

2008-11-21 00:00

Durban historian and academic Jeff Guy, who was a runner-up in the open category of our True Stories of KwaZulu-Natal competition in 2005, hit the jackpot this year and clinched the R10 000 prize.

His winning story, Little John’s Escape, about the murder of an indigent man in Durban and the subsequent hanging of his assailants, was described by a judge as “a compelling historical whodunnit”.

Runner-up in the open category was Thokoza Radebe, a high-school teacher in Pietermaritzburg. Radebe, who was also a runner-up last year, wins R3 000 for his story Smiles and tears of Gxa Town.

The winner in the Snapshot category was Mary F, writing under a nom de plume, who wins R2 000 for her story Anna’s Gift.

The Witness thanks all entrants, some of whose stories will appear in the coming weeks as we publish the remainder of the semi-finalists’ tales. True Stories are also published on

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