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iJuba A South African Journey
by Jonah Becker

As the apartheid security state crumbled around them, poor uneducated whites acted out their inherited roles of boss and master.
This is a true story. The events detailed in this book took place as reported, over little more than a year. The dialogue is reproduced as accurately as possible, without censorship or bowing to political correctness. The author has drawn together his recollection of his youthful experiences on a farm in rural Natal, South Africa during the apartheid years. The narrative is a thought provoking blend of racism, humour, horror, sex, violence and social observation set in a time of social and political upheaval. The final chapter recalls the author's subsequent trip to Marion Island in the sub Antarctic, also a part of South Africa. The island's environment, wild creatures and the bizarre behaviour of its isolated human inhabitants are described in a direct and often humorous fashion.

This is described as a journey. The author passes through the South African landscape from one end of the country to the other and then by sea to its farthest outpost, the weather station on Marion Island. The actions and utterances of the real people that he meets give an insight into the popular thinking of that time. Although sometimes shocking, this was the real South Africa of the late 1970’s, un-filtered by the hype and simplification that may have coloured our memories.

The narrative is supported by appropriate newspaper headlines from the time, to lend real historical perspective to the story.

On the book’s supporting website, readers can view a gallery of photographs relating to the story. There are also useful links to supporting historical documents –

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