In reviewing this book, what struck me was that, whereas there are
any number of books that have been spawned by the Zimbabwe situation, this
one is different, very different, as revealed from the moment I picked it
I found that I was immediately "engaged" by the book cover,
starting with the two-part title. As a lawyer, I have familiarity with the
latter part but felt intrigued by the title "The other", and the
connection between the two. So too as regards the graphic depiction of the
southern African region and the footprints leading from country to
country. What of the animal illustrations – and the pictures of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and an African sangoma? I am familiar with the
blindfolded lady holding a sword in one hand and scales in the other. The
question was - what did this all mean?
The author has lost no time in
providing the answer(s). On the every first page, being the title page,
appears a heart warming picture that has a truly engaging attribute. From
that moment my interest was aroused, never to leave me thereafter.
my view it is something of a misnomer to describe this book as a
biography. Undoubtedly it tells the story of the life of the child, whose
picture got my attention on the title page. However the content comprises
anecdotal fare, chronologically selected memoirs that are delightfully
served up in order to support the relevance of the story.
story line is enthralling, the book itself is concerned with the
critically important issue of justice, in the main. Included are subsets
such as racism, ethnicity, xenophobia and systemic corruption. These
issues are all fundamental, topical, and loom large in our region at this
I found his treatment of these matters refreshingly
different and stimulating. This is not a lecture by a judge, far from it.
It is a story about a very ordinary human being whose life story becomes
extraordinary on account of the accidents of history and circumstance. It
is unique, it is authentic and it is enthralling. The intriguing link
between the life of the subject and the issues that affect all mankind in
general, and millions of people in the region, in particular, is never
lost. From start to finish I was entertained. I was also engaged and
intellectually stimulated especially as regards the treatment of
prevailing "convenient untruth" and "inconvenient truth", approached with
brutal simplicity. For instance I found his treatment of the vexed issues
of the death sentence and affirmative action riveting in its authentic
simplicity and clarity of approach.
I have to agree with the author
that, of all functional attributes, "understanding" is key. Without it
there will no, or flawed, reconsideration of fundamental issues. Then
there will be no change. Without change, sagas like World Com, the global
financial collapse, the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, genocidal
killings and the xenophobic violence in South Africa is guaranteed.
the end, I understood fully the depictions on the cover. I then asked
myself whether or not the footprints were just that, or "footprints in the
sands of time". The answer is yes, very much so. This is a story that has
keen relevance. It is authentic. It is of historical and other
significance. An instance of historical significance is the Tekere trial.
An instance of the latter is an inside track as to approach by judges and
Whether you are a historian, social scientist, member of the
legal fraternity, student of law, one of millions in the Zimbabwean
Diaspora, southern African citizen or member of the US National
Association of Coloured Peoples, in particular, this book will engage,
fascinate and enthrall. It is also of keen relevance to all humanity,
whose members are forever challenged in matters of truth and justice.
unhesitatingly recommend this book as a wonderful story with incredibly
important themes. It has much more to it than the "love triangle" work,
immortalized in the smash hit movie "Out of Africa"..
Judicial Officer. Namibia
(Writing in private