: Minnaar (J.)

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360pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2021


“In this riveting new book, Captain Arthur Minnaar takes us on a journey through ambivalence in the form of simple, unpretentious stories of what it meant to be a policeman on each side of the 1994 divide, under apartheid and in a democracy. In doing so, the writer forces us to deal with complexity – the criminals and the comrades, and the shadows in-between. To his credit, Minnaar never preaches to defend his profession, nor does he wallow in self-pity because of the horrible cards that life dealt a poor, black family on the mean streets of Bonteheuwel.” from the foreword by Jonathan Jansen

Arthur Minnaar currently holds the rank of Captain at the Office of the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner. He grew up in Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats and has served as a police officer for nearly four decades.