Book cover of These Are Not Gentle People by Andrew Hardingby Andrew Harding

Fast-paced South African true crime – the case that has defined a nation – by BBC Africa Correspondent

Since early 2016 South Africans have become gripped by a trial that has been taking place in the small town of Parys, south of Johannesburg, where are group of white farmers are accused of murdering two black farmhands. The white farmers say it was a question of self-defence: the two black labourers were threatening them and their families. The black community claim that the farmhands had simply gone to the farm to ask for unpaid wages. The case is a microcosm of the racial, political and financial tensions that are increasingly worrying South Africans, but also a gripping character-driven tale of grief, fear and anger in a small-town community. The truth of what actually happened has been slippery.

Interview with the Author

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1/28/21        25 min

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