An Unofficial War

R 60.00  

Subtitle: Inside the Conflict in Pietermaritzburg
Author: Matthew Kentridge
Publisher: David Philip, Publishers (1990)
ISBN-10: 0864861605
ISBN-13: 9780864861603
Condition: Very Good. Light wear to cover, edges and corners.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 249
Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg
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Since 1987, more than two thousand people have killed in political violence in the Natal Midlands: more deaths than in twenty years of sectarian war fare in Northern Ireland. In this book, Matthew Kentridge examines the ongoing conflict in the Pietermaritzburg region. He argues that a state of war exists a struggle for territorial sovereignty between the rival political forces of Inkatha and the UDF.

It is a war by virtue of the nature of the conflict, the scale of death and destruction it has caused, and its pervasive effect on the lives of the entire population of the area. The Political implications of the war are not the author's prime focus, however, Kentridge concentrates on the groups and individuals involved in and affected by the war.

He investigates the explanations offered by the antagonists in the conflict, scrutinises the role of police, and chronicles the disruption of individual lives. Few have been spared the ravages of war, the death or maiming of family and friends , the destruction of property, the trauma of everyday lives lived in fear.


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