It’s the story of South Africa’s first high treason trial since 1994, when the country attained democracy. There were 23 accused men when the trial started, 14 of which are still behind bars. The group of right-wingers, functioning under the name of the Boeremag, had planned for months to launch a coup in the country.
I covered the trial for three years, but soon found myself visiting the alleged mastermind behind bars over six years – which was an insightful journey. Since there were so many accused in the trial, there has never been a concise record of how they wanted to topple the democratic government – until now. I dedicated a year to research through tens of thousands of papers from the court transcripts, to piece together the different versions and events as they played out between 2001/2002.
The book is a narrative nonfiction work, with historical, political, cultural and journalistic influences. It’s an interesting perspective in the current global political landscape, where populism has become an emerging political narrative.
Watch this space!
I moved to the South African bushveld with my husband in 2016, after many years of being on deadline and chasing the news in cities. Since living here, I have gained an immense appreciation for wildlife. Having spent the majority of my time on writing a nonfiction work, I decided that I need to work on a lighter project. This project will focus on telling the story of young animals on a quest in the African bushveld, bringing together my favorite animals and their quirky characteristics. It’s educational, but not in-your-face-educational. The key objective of this work will be to create a book that will entertain kids and teach them to appreciate the little things that one can learn from animals.
UKWELI DIARIES – TRAVEL BLOG
Ukweli Diaries is also still in its conceptual stages. This will be a travel blog with cool information about National Parks and camping spots in Southern Africa. I will focus on video and providing helpful information to travelers hoping to explore these off-the-grid areas.
The word Ukweli, is the Swahili word for “Truth”. My family used to live in Kenya for close to a decade and I lost a piece of my heart in East Africa every time I went to visit. So much so, that I had the word Ukweli tattooed on my ankle after a trip. So, it’s the “Truth Diaries” – a project that I am incredibly excited about.