Books

Getting to the bottom of what happened on Bird Island

2018-09-10 07:05

When The Lost Boys of Bird Island hit shelves in August it dug up a painful part of South Africa's history barely hidden under the past 23 years' efforts to restore the dignity of its people.

Minnie would have charged Pauw with 'sloppy journalism'

2018-09-07 09:25

I stand by the book on the basis of having personally spoken to dozens of people prior to – and following – its publication. Since the book hit the shelves I have received leads and emails daily from people with personal knowledge of the events described.

Mark Minnie: A sloppy, negligent and careless policeman

2018-09-06 10:32

Why did Minnie wait 30 years before publishing his allegations? As a result, there will be no justice for the boys because the alleged paedophiles – with exception of the elderly Barend du Plessis – are dead, asks Jacques Pauw.

 
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What the driver saw at the Gupta compound

2018-09-19 10:39

Security guard and driver John Maseko watched the car enter through the steel double gate that opens onto Saxonwold Drive. A man stepped out, walked up the half-moon stairs to a colonnaded portico and disappeared inside.

Across Boundaries: Does Naspers still have a soul?

2018-09-07 08:30

The question of Naspers's 'soul', and 'the cause' Nasionale Pers had to advance, fixes one's attention again on the evolution the Pers underwent in the 1970s and 1980s in terms of its political orientation and relationship with the National Party.

The Last Words of Rowan du Preez: Murder and Conspiracy on the Cape Flats

2018-09-06 12:32

It was when I first heard Raoul Barnardo tell this story that I knew that I had to write about the death of Rowan du Preez, and the trial of Angy Peter, writes Simone Haysom.

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Swapo Captive: Tortured to admit we were Boer spies

2018-08-22 11:18

The pit was five metres deep and five by six metres across, its mouth covered with wooden logs and sand. I was terrified by this unforeseen predicament.

An Elephant In My Kitchen: Without water, life stops

2018-08-20 13:48

When Lawrence and I first bought Thula Thula, I never understood his fixation with rain. To me it was a nuisance, because game drives aren't much fun for guests in a downpour, writes Françoise Malby-Anthony.

Nothing more that can shock us... or so we thought

2018-08-05 07:53

The story of The Lost Boys of Bird Island takes the apartheid atrocities to another level. Not only were the NP government responsible for the most brutal assassinations and human rights abuses, no, much worse.

Celebrating Naspers and City Press' lessons in the art of togetherness

2018-07-30 09:17

Former editors, journalists and the public got together to celebrate the publication of former City Press editor Len Kalane’s book, The Chapter We Wrote: The City Press story.

Ramaphosa, SARS and possible future coalitions: 3 books that'll bring you up to speed about SA's future

2018-07-10 18:30

These three books will bring you up to speed about South African politics and where we might be headed.

Shadow State: The Politics of State Capture - how it all came together

2018-08-21 11:38

In mid-March 2017 Mark Swilling was travelling in business class to Johannesburg from Cape Town. He was in an aisle seat and Mcebisi Jonas was in the aisle seat on the opposite side. It was the start of a massive academic project.

Turning and turning, can Cyril hold the centre?

2018-08-13 06:01

To make South Africa work, President Cyril Ramaphosa is going to have to draw a line in the sand, admit to the challenges and failures, and how we got here. Most importantly, he's going to have to hold the centre of the ANC.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Lost Boys of Bird Island - We called him 'Ore'

2018-08-05 07:38

The boy tells me that he recognised the man in the tub, which made him panic. He considered making a run for it. But how would he escape? And besides, he had already been paid a handsome sum.

BOOK EXTRACT: Steinhoff - the bombshell hits

2018-07-23 10:26

A big question mark hangs over the actions of the investment and financial community in South Africa. How did so many completely miss the Steinhoff signs, asks James Brent-Styan.

Where is she now? We catch up with Tafelberg Nonfiction Award inaugural winner Maria Phalime

2018-07-15 06:01

Entries for the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award are now open. Avantika Seeth caught up with the inaugural winner, Maria Phalime, who penned the true story Postmortem: the Doctor Who Walker Away.

The rewriting of Kwaito

2018-07-09 09:07

The Born to Kwaito book launch met the quorum for the attendance of politicians, but no kwaito stars graced it with their presence.

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