About this site

This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Acknowledgements

As the references indicate, this booklet draws on the work of research and public affairs staff at the South African Institute of Race Relations. My thanks are due to them, as well as to the staff of the Institute's Hofmeyr library, in particular Ellen Potter and Alfred Nkungu. I am also grateful to Robin Harvey, Anne Pogrund, Walter Saunders, Susan Thompson, and Jill Wentzel for reading the manuscript and making comments which helped improve it. I am further indebted to Penny Parks for her patience in typing numerous drafts.

Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,-
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife,
Shall cumber a ll the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use,
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war
Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot,
Take thou what course thou wilt!
- Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Act III, Scenes 1 and 2

Lay not that flattering unction to your soul
That not your trespass but my madness speaks.
- Hamlet in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 4

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