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Herman Mashaba remains DA mayoral candidate despite EFF request for change

Capitalist CrusaderBlack Like YouThe Democratic Alliance has declined a request by the Economic Freedom Fighters to change its mayoral candidate in Johannesburg‚ Herman Mashaba‚ in exchange for its vote in the metro.

The EFF said it would vote with the DA in all metros but that this was conditional in Johannesburg. The condition was for the DA to rethink placing Mashaba at the helm of the metro.

But the DA has declined – meaning it will not receive the EFF’s vote in Johannesburg. The EFF’s vote would have placed the DA in the majority in the metro.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said voters chose Mashaba as their candidate and the party could not undermine that. However‚ as Saturday is the deadline for coalition-making‚ there is still time for the ANC and the EFF to continue with negotiations.

Mashaba is a millionaire who founded the company Black Like Me, and the author of the books Black Like You and Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth. He also served as chairperson of the Free Market Foundation and is a strong believer in free enterprise and the noninvolvement of the state in the economy – views that put him at odds with the leftist EFF‚ which believes in the setting of a national minimum wage‚ among other things.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman - a personal account by Andrew Brown

Good Cop, Bad CopZebra Press is proud to present Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman, the new book by Andrew Brown:

Once an enemy of the apartheid police, Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for almost 20 years. In this book he takes the reader on patrol with him – into the ganglands of the Cape Flats, the townships of Masiphumelele and Nyanga, and the high-walled Southern Suburbs.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is a personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer. Brown describes being shot at, arresting suspects in a drug bust, chasing down leads in a homicide investigation and keeping the peace during the UCT student protests.

Brown illustrates how difficult the job of the police is, and how easy it is to react with undue force. Yet he argues passionately that the role of the police is to be a service to communities and not a force to suppress social discontent.

Gripping and thought-provoking, this is a fascinating insight into the social fabric of current South Africa.

About the author

Andrew Brown is an author, an advocate and a reservist sergeant in the South African Police Service. While a student in the 1980s he was arrested after confrontation with police and was sentenced to imprisonment. On appeal, the Cape High Court overturned the sentence and imposed community service instead. Brown now practises as an advocate in the same High Court that heard his appeal. Since 1999 he has also worked as a police reservist, his duties taking him from the tree-lined avenues of Rosebank to the squalor of Masiphumelele. His previous books are the novels Inyenzi, Coldsleep Lullaby, Refuge, Solace and Devil’s Harvest, as well as Street Blues, about his earlier experiences as a police reservist. He has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and his work has been shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region). He is married, with three children.

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Fred Khumalo's new novel on the sinking of the SS Mendi to be published in South Africa and the UK

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Fred Khumalo’s new novel will be published in South Africa and in the United Kingdom in February 2017.

The book, titled Dancing the Death Drill, recounts the sinking of the SS Mendi, a passenger steamship that sank in the English Channel in 1917, killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops heading for France to serve in World War I. February 2017 will mark the centenary of the sinking of the Mendi.

Khumalo’s book will be published in South Africa by Umuzi and in the UK and Ireland by Jacaranda Books. Jacaranda Books founder Valerie Brandes said: “We are delighted to work with Umuzi and Penguin Random House South Africa on such a brilliant novel that will help shine a light on this dark moment in our history.”

Khumalo’s writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. His most recent book, #Zuptasmustfall and Other Rants is published this month. Other books by him include Bitches Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven and Touch My Blood. He completed his MA in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University, among other international writing fellowships.

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Through a glass darkly: Michele Magwood talks to Sam Cowen about her memoir From Whiskey to Water

By Michele Magwood for the Sunday Times

Through a glass darkly: Michele Magwood talks to Sam Cowen about her memoir From Whiskey to Water

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In January 2014 Sam Cowen came around after her first blackout in 12 years. She was facedown on the bricks of the Big Bay Surf and Lifesaving Club in Cape Town. It was all too familiar: her mouth was dry and tasted of vomit, her body hurt and she had no idea where she was or how she had got there. This time, though, there was no alcohol involved. This time she had passed out from hypothermia, having swum 7.5km from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand.

How she got there makes for riveting reading.

Cowen is one of the country’s best-loved media personalities: for many years the witty, laconic foil on the Highveld Stereo breakfast show, warm host of the TV show Great Expectations and author of several irreverent books on mothering. So there was some disbelief when it was announced that she had written a memoir of alcoholism and addiction. No one could be as sharp and sassy day in and day out if they had a drinking problem.

But she did, and in From Whiskey to Water she details epic benders and blackouts, crippling hangovers and a near-rape. “I was a high-functioning alcoholic,” she says. “I hate labels but this one is true.” She managed because she lived within a set of rules. “I was never drunk at work, for example, I never drank before lunchtime. I had hundreds of rules.”

Once she set out to drink a case of red wine in front of the television and almost succeeded before she passed out, another time she woke up on the floor of her study with the computer mouse in her hand, having tried to order a French maid’s outfit online. There are many such anecdotes illustrating what became a yawing free fall. It ended one night in her driveway, after she drove home on the wrong side of the road. She had vomit in her hair and a husband in tears, and that was it.

“I knew I’d broken every rule,” she says, “and I was going to lose my husband.”

With the help of Alcoholics Anonymous she began what is now 14 years of recovery, but that is by no means the end of the story.

She stopped drinking and started eating. And when she had ballooned to 102kg she started dieting obsessively and unsuccessfully. And then she started exercising manically, which became yet another addiction, and finally found long-distance swimming.

“It’s the numbness I like,” she says. “There’s a peace to it, an oblivion. It’s what I looked for in the alcohol, and what I sought and couldn’t find in food.”

Not content with simply swimming for health and enjoyment, though, she lashed herself ever further and faster, setting her sights on the Robben Island swim.

Why does she punish herself so? “I can’t answer that. I suppose if it’s not a challenge it’s not worth it. I can only be excessive.”

She’s quick to point out, though, that she lives on a regimen of anti-depression and anti-anxiety medications. “I was anxious before I started drinking and I’m still anxious now.” It seems a state of serenity will always elude her. “I have pockets of it, but I don’t think that’s possible for me. I just wasn’t built that way.”

Stringently honest, at times funny and at others frightening, From Whiskey to Water is an admirable story. And if Sam Cowen were to lift her head out of the water for long enough, she’d be deafened by the cheers.

Follow Michele Magwood on Twitter @michelemagwood

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Jacket Notes: Sam Scarborough on her book Trapped, a story about verbal and emotional abuse

Published in the Sunday Times

Sam Scarborough (Human and Rousseau)

My story is about verbal and emotional abuse. I wrote the book initially to help me understand what was going on in the relationship I was in. It was a diary of events and conversations that I felt I had to record so that I would not have to constantly question my sanity. I was being accused of things that I knew were not my doing, nor my fault, so I thought I was going mad. Adding to that, I could not believe that I had got myself into an abusive relationship, me, the strong one, the Leo, the independent woman. So I started writing a diary, to keep track of events and to make sure I was not imagining things.

Shattered dreams went into this book, along with written accounts of each day, my thoughts and emotions, while I waited to see what the evening would bring, when my partner, more often than not, came home drunk.

The inspiration to publish was because, many years ago, I helped a friend get out of an abusive relationship by giving her a book to read. I can’t remember what the book was, but it helped her. And this is why I published, because if this book helps just one person, then it was meant to be a book and not just a sad diary sitting on my laptop taking up megabytes. I hope that by reading about my experience, other woman may find the courage to get out of whatever situation they are in.

At times, I found writing and reading the book tedious because I could see the repeat pattern of behaviour. Yet it took time for me to come to grips with the situation and to finally leave. I was angry that I had allowed myself to get into the situation in the first place. And when I wrote the book, I was still very angry – the book definitely has this tone. And I tried not to edit the anger out, even though it didn’t make me look good at times.

This was the difficulty – including the truth of it, without making it sound glamorous, or better. Some people have asked me why I would want to tell people about what happened. Others have said I am very brave. But mostly, people have encouraged me to tell my story.

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The rocks of our nation must prosper - Mmusi Maimane at the 60th anniversary of the Women's March

Mmusi MaimaneIn a statement commemorating the 1956 Women’s March, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said corruption must be eliminated so that the people’s money can be used to accelerate the empowerment of women through economic opportunities.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic march by 20‚000 women, but Maimane said the march towards change and a better South Africa was far from over.

At a time when women were holding households together‚ were locked out of economic opportunities and faced the all too common prospect of violence‚ it had to be ensured that communities worked in a way that both empowered and protected women‚ he added.

“With 39 per cent (almost six per cent higher than men and almost four per cent higher than the national average) of women facing joblessness‚ it is clear that in our project of building an inclusive economy‚ women must be prioritised. We must also ensure that we eliminate corruption so that the people’s money is used to accelerate the empowerment of women through economic opportunities‚” Maimane said.

The safety of women in South Arica also remained of deep concern.

“We need to ensure that the criminal justice system is geared towards ensuring that cases‚ especially rape‚ reported by women are treated with the necessary sensitivity when handled by the police‚ and that the wheels of the judicial system work to prosecute those found to have committed this most heinous of crimes against women.

“As a nation we need to fight for the rights and equality of women in our society – whether in communities‚ the private sector or the public sector.

“The work started by the Women of 1956 continues 60 years later‚ as we change South Africa for the better‚” Maimane said.

“On behalf of the Democratic Alliance, I convey a commitment to ensuring that the rocks of our nation prosper.”

Source: TMG Digital

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