THERE WAS THIS GOAT, investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile

: Krog (A.), Mpolweni (N.) & Ratele (K.)

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235 pp., colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2009


Notrose Nobomvu Konile, the mother of Zabonke Konile, one of the Guguletu Seven killed by the police in 1986, testified before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1996. Antjie Krog, reporting as a journalist at the time, was stuck by the seeming incoherence of the testimony. In 2004 she began working with Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele to more closely investigate Mrs Konile's words.

"This book may prove to be one of the most significant texts of its time. What Antjie Krog, Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele have accomplished here speaks to questions of identity, difference and representation in ways that have not been heard before." Duncan Brown

Antjie Krog is a poet, journalist and extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape.
Nosisi Mpolweni is a lecturer in the Xhosa Department at the University of the Western Cape.
Kopano Ratele is a professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa.