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RW Johnson Loses Part of Leg Ater Lagoon Swim

South Africa, The First Man the Last NationSouth Africa's Brave New World, The Beloved Country Since the End of ApartheidLaunching Democracy in South Africa, The First Open Election 1994

RW JohnsonRW Johnson, the acerbic book critic and conservative author, has lost part of his leg after cutting his foot on a rock while swimming at Mpenjati Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.

Johnson’s new book, South Africa’s Brave New World (above, centre), is set for release from Penguin in April.

Monica Laganparsad reports on the accident, which left Johnson fighting for his life:

Acclaimed author RW Johnson cut his foot on a rock during an evening lagoon dip at a picturesque KwaZulu-Natal coastal reserve last week.

Just 24 hours later, septicaemia had set in and the 65-year-old Capetonian was fighting for his life in hospital.

On Thursday, doctors amputated Johnson’s right leg below the knee to prevent the spread of the deadly infection.

SA-born historian and conservative commentator Johnson, who studied at Oxford University before returning to the country in 1995 to become director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, was swimming at Mpenjati Nature Reserve near his family’s holiday home at Trafalgar, about 20km from Margate, when he cut his foot on Wednesday night.

BOOK SA wishes Johnson a speedy recovery, and his family strength during this trying period.

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