War in Peace

R 135.00  

Subtitle: The Truth About the South African Police's East Rand Riot Unit 1986 - 1994
Author: Nick Howarth
Publisher: Galago (2012)
Edition: First Edition
ISBN-10: 1919854444
ISBN-13: 9781919854441
Condition: Very Good. Cover corners lightly bumped.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 264
Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.8 x 2 cm

Weight: 0.42 kg

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Soviet support for the ANC and the SACP stepped up with the supply of smuggles weapons, training and financial support. Soon the black townships were awash with weapons. The ANC and the Zulu Inkatha party both wanted black rule - but both wanted to be the rulers. Soon a state of war existed between the ANC's Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres and it's surrogates and the Zulus both in Natal and in the Witwatersrand black townships, particularly on the East Rand.
It was to deal with the maelstrom of murder and chaos that the East Rand Number 6 riot unit, amongst others, was deployed over the troubled years into the black townships. Sgt Nick Howarth was a Casspir commander and his story is a microcosm of the experiences of all riot policemen of the time. They were engaged in attempting to keep both sides apart, but for their pains they were shot at by both sides and often bombed by the ANC. There were numerous police casualties and several unfortunates were captured by the ANC and necklaced. Very few white people living in suburbia had any idea of the killing and mayhem that was going on in the black townships.
Here is Nick Howarth's story - it is the plain unvarnished truth.


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