For Richard Turner - Peter Sacks
You wrote on the back page
of my last essay ("Political
Education in The Republic")
"Good ideas, but style
too literary. Use of images
evades the final point."
When I left,
you thought me still evasive,
trying to pass off
my own fear of suffering
as a form of wisdom.
I'd said, "There's nothing left
for us, not even martyrdom."
"At least stick to political
literature's too easy.'
You'd smile again to see me
seven years later,
Elegy for Rick Turner by Vortex
Rick Turner: Thirty Years On by Jann Turner
Cape Town. Christmas 1977. I was thirteen years old. That seems like a very long time ago now, in a galaxy far, far away. We were living in a period of Civil War. Rebel armies, gathered in hidden bases were plotting strikes against the evil apartheid empire. Security Police Storm Troopers hunted down rebels and imprisoned or killed them. And the Empire’s sinister agents continued to enforce the banning order that had kept my father imprisoned in our home for five years.
Who Shot My Dad? by Jann Turner
I began searching for my father's killer in 1989. I was living in New York City at the time. I read in the paper that an investigative journalist called Jacques Pauw had blown the lid on a place called Vlakplaas, South Africa's Death Squad HQ. Horror unfolded in the forms of Almond Nofomela and Dirk Coetzee and for the first time I pictured my father's murderer as a person, rather than a state or a system. I called the New York Times and asked them to put me in touch with Jacques Pauw. As it happened Jacques was going to be in town the very next week.
Re-reading Rick Turner in the New South Africa by Tony Fluxman and Peter Vale
The Moment of Western Marxism in South Africa by Andrew Nash
Fluxman, Tony and Peter Vale: Re-reading Rick Turner in the New South Africa
Morphet,Tony: Biographical introduction in The eye of the needle, Johannesburg: Ravan, 1980, viii-xxxiv.
‘Is the continuation of the present a possible future?’ In honour of Richard Turner, 1941-1978 by Mark Heywood, 4 August 2014 (Daily Maverick), South Africa
Rick Turners's Continuing Challenge by Colin Gardner