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REVIEW | The gentle activist whose killing in KZN remains an unsolved mystery

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Clare: The Killing of a Gentle Activist by Christopher Clark (Tafelberg).
Clare: The Killing of a Gentle Activist by Christopher Clark (Tafelberg).

BOOK| Clare: The Killing of a Gentle Activist by Christopher Clark (Tafelberg) 

She was not widely known – that was not her way, nor her wish. Clare Stewart was a rural development worker, helping to establish a co-op of Nguni cattle farmers in northern KwaZulu-Natal in the early 1990s; at the time of her death she was 34 and the mother of two small children.

Christopher Clark has written an account of this event, as well as of Clare's life and the aftermath of her death. It's a good read. Clare was a quietly remarkable person, just getting on with her chosen life in that remote corner, almost on the Mozambique border. She lived simply, as her Zulu neighbours did, used the same well, spoke isiZulu. This was the village of Manguzi, named for the wild mango trees, a six-hour drive from Pietermaritzburg and of course, rife with ANC vs IFP contestation.

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