Book Launch: To Swim with Crocodiles

By 3rd July 2019 July 22nd, 2019 Events

This evening Ike’s Books & Collectibles will host the launch of the UKZN Press publication, To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996.

Written by Jill Kelly, Assistant Professor of African History at Southern Methodist University in the United States, the book uses a combination of archival sources and oral interviews to tell the story of the the history of rural politics in South Africa, from the rise of the Zulu kingdom to the violent civil war that took place in KwaZulu-Natal in the early 1990s.

Centred around the principle of ukukhonza – a practice of affiliation that binds together chiefs and their subjects – To Swim with Crocodiles considers the relationships within and between chiefdoms in the context of ethnic and nationalist politics and how, despite the apartheid government’s attempts to delineate people along distinct and separate tribal territories, the practice of ukukhonza prevailed, maintaining its flexibility.

To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996 launches this evening at 17h30 at Ike’s Books & Collectibles, 48a Florida Road, Durban. Author, Jill Kelly, will be in conversation with Muzi Hadebe from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Oral History Unit.

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