By Jacob Dlamini
September underwent adjustments that marked him for the remainder of his lifestyles: from resister to collaborator, rebel to counter-insurgent, progressive to counter-revolutionary and, to his former comrades, hero to traitor. Askari is the tale of those alterations in an individual’s existence and of the bigger, ignored heritage of betrayal and collaboration within the fight opposed to apartheid. It seeks to appreciate why September made the alternatives he did – participating together with his captors, turning opposed to the ANC, after which removing his comrades – with out excusing these offerings. It appears to be like past the black-and-white that also dominates South Africa’s political canvas, to ascertain the gray zones during which South Africans – warring parties and non-combatants – lived.
September’s acts of betrayal shape yet one layer in a sedimentation of betrayals, for September himself was once betrayed via the Swazi police, whilst he was once kidnapped from his hideout in Swaziland by way of the apartheid loss of life squad in August 1986. This, then, isn't a morality story during which the strains among heroes and villains are in actual fact drawn. while, the ebook doesn't declare that the competing aspects within the struggle opposed to apartheid have been ethical equivalents. It seeks to give a contribution to makes an attempt to intricate a denser, richer and extra nuanced account of South Africa’s smooth political heritage. It does so via interpreting the heritage of political violence in South Africa; via the workings of an apartheid demise squad in an try to know the way the apartheid forms labored; and, extra importantly, by means of learning the social, ethical and political universe during which apartheid collaborators like September lived and labored. this isn't a biography – a cradle-to-grave account of September’s lifestyles – although it does, the place precious, examine his lifestyles. September used to be now not the 1st resister-turned-collaborator. yet he used to be additionally no traditional collaborator. this is why his tale merits telling.
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