Book review by Heiner Karst
With Nelson Mandela’s passing, most of us were reminded of the caliber of once in a century statesmanship that facilitated the creation of a new “rainbow nation” in South Africa. For the first world “apartheid was done” and we could all move on. What this book highlights is how deeply entrenched the depth and complexity of violence and retribution is within poverty stricken communities. While on the surface the “spin” is that a first world constitution and governance structure is in place, the reality is an ever deepening undermining of civic disorder through gangland violence that will stop at nothing to maintain its ugly status quo at the expense of “the pawn in the street”. A moving story bravely written at significant personal cost by a remarkable woman.