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Askari by Jacob Dlamini.pdf

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Descriptions : In Comrade September a charismatic ANC operative and popular MK commander was abducted from Swaziland by the apartheid security police and taken across the border After torture and interrogation September was turned and before long the police had extracted enough information to hunt down and kill some of his former comrades br br September underwent changes that marked him for the rest of his life from resister to collaborator insurgent to counter insurgent revolutionary to counter revolutionary and to his former comrades hero to traitor Askari is the story of these changes in an individuals life and of the larger neglected history of betrayal and collaboration in the struggle against apartheid It seeks to understand why September made the choices he did collaborating with his captors turning against the ANC and then hunting down his comrades without excusing those choices It looks beyond the black and white that still dominates South Africas political canvas to examine the grey zones in which South Africans combatants and non combatants lived br br Septembers acts of betrayal form but one layer in a sedimentation of betrayals for September himself was betrayed by the Swazi police when he was abducted from his hideout in Swaziland by the apartheid death squad in August This then is not a morality tale in which the lines between heroes and villains are clearly drawn At the same time the book does not claim that the competing sides in the fight against apartheid were moral equivalents It seeks to contribute to attempts to elaborate a denser richer and more nuanced account of South Africas modern political history It does so by examining the history of political violence in South Africa by looking at the workings of an apartheid death squad in an attempt to understand how the apartheid bureaucracy worked and more importantly by studying the social moral and political universe in which apartheid collaborators like September lived and worked This is not a biography a cradle to grave account of Septembers life even though it does where necessary look at his life September was not the first resister turned collaborator But he was also no ordinary collaborator That is why his story deserves telling

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