In a Different Time: The Inside Story of the Delmas Four by Peter HarrisThis book tells the story of four young South Africans who embark on a mission that will ultimately take them to Death Row. They are a highly trained and experienced assassination squad reporting directly to Chris Hani.The narrative details their infiltration into the country, their operations, arrest and subsequent trial. These men are the foot soldiers who sacrificed everything. As their trial unfolds with their attorney fighting to save them from the gallows, so too does the story of their own lives and the choices they make. The story is set in a South Africa gripped by unrest and political tension, when the ANC was in exile and repression at its height.It tells of the extraordinary lengths people go to in order to fight for what they believe, and the acts people will commit to preserve the status quo. The characters are linked by bizarre coincidence and tragedy in a true account narrated by their attorney.Woven through the narrative is the construction of a bomb and its journey towards its target, and the circumstances which enable that meeting.
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A Just Defiance by Peter Harris: review
A s South Africans settle into their post-apartheid identities, nearly two decades after the transition to democracy, memoir has come to dominate the national literature. From Nelson Mandela's notebooks down to from-the-gutter accounts of former junkies and prostitutes, there has been a renaissance in life-writing. This is part of a global trend; one encouraged perhaps by the voyeurism of reality television and the egalitarian allure of social networking media: everyone can have his say. But it has a particular resonance in South Africa, where the explosion of subjectivity in publishing is an expression of democracy itself. South Africans seem finally free to say "I feel" rather than "my movement says"; "this is what happened to me" rather than "this is what my people endured. Recently, in South Africa, one book in this genre has stood out.
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Remember me. Forgotten password? Username or Email:. Back to login. I chose the restaurant because it was where I had met Harris before to interview him about his previous work, Birth.
Both a riveting courtroom drama and a real-life thriller, A Just Defiance tells the story of four young black South Africans who were arrested for a string of political murders in In gripping prose, Peter Harris—the white lawyer who defended the men—describes how he came to understand, while constructing the case to save the defendants from the death penalty, the chain of events that led them to undergo training at ANC camps in Angola and return to their homeland to execute some of the apartheid regime's most notorious collaborators. The shocking twists and turns of the high-profile trial kept the public in suspense during the dying days of apartheid. We see Nelson Mandela recently released from Robben Island as he begins negotiations that will eventually lead to the assumption of power by the ANC. A critical and popular success in South Africa, this book is a tale of people driven to extremes by injustice and repression, and of ordinary citizens caught up in extraordinary events. Peter Harris practiced law in South Africa for 15 years before being seconded to the National Peace Accord in the early s.