The Last Words of Rowan Du Preez: Murder and conspiracy on the Cape Flats by Simone Haysom
Date & Time: Thursday 11 October, 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
In 2012 Angy Peter was bringing up her young children with her husband in Bardale, Mfuleni on the Cape Flats. Angy was an activist, and spent her days collecting evidence for a commission of inquiry into policing that had the chance to change law enforcement across the country’s troubled townships. She was vocally against vigilante violence and a go-to person when demanding better services from the police. But when the commission started its hearings, Angy found herself on trial for murdering – necklacing – a young neighbourhood troublemaker, Rowan du Preez.
The state’s case centred on the accusation Rowan had allegedly made with his dying breath – that Angy had set alight the tyre around his neck. Simone Haysom takes us into the heart of a mystery: was Angy Peter framed by the police for a murder she didn’t commit? Or was she a wolf in sheep’s clothing who won a young man’s trust and then turned on him in the most brutal way? Simone Haysom spent four years meticulously researching this case and the result is a court-room drama interwoven with expert opinion and research into crime and the state of policing in the townships of South Africa.
Join us for a discussion about the book and its themes with the author in conversation with Kim Chakanetsa of the BBC. Copies of the book, published by Jonathan Ball, will be on sale at the event.
The writing of this book was supported by the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship. The current scholarship closes for applications on 30 September 2018. Find out more here.
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