BLOODY SUNDAY, the nun, the Defiance Campaign and South Africa's secret massacre

: Breier (M.)

R 335.00
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285pp., b/w & colour illus.,maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2021


On Sunday 9 November 1952 police opened fire at an ANC Youth League-organised event in Duncan Village in East London. The official death toll was eight people killed by police gunfire and bayonet but today it is estimated that up to 200 people died. An Irish nun, Sister Aidan Quinlan, a doctor who ran a clinic in Duncan Village, was one of two people killed in retaliation.

"A truly stunning book" Jacob Dlamini, author of Native Nostalgia and Askari

"Documenting fully and for the first time the hideous violence - on both sides - of 9 November 1952, Bloody Sunday brings to life Santayana's old adage that 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'. Even if you read only one book a year, you should read this." Jeff Peires, author of The Dead Will Arise and The House of Phalo

Mignonne Breier is a former journalist, lecturer and education researcher who has worked at the University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape and the Human Sciences Research Council. She is the author of Letters to My Son (2013).