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04 September 2020

Book shines light on Dennis Brutus, one of South Africa’s most underrated poets

A bearded man with dreadlocks and heavy-framed spectacles gazes intently, looking ready to speak.
A younger Dennis Brutus, president of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee in Montreal, Canada in 1976. Neil Leifer /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images
Fortunately for the rest of us South Africans, the apartheid police state often shot itself in the foot. On the one hand, after a horrifying exposé of jail conditions in Drum magazine at the end of the 1950s, it passed a total censorship statute on anything that went on inside prisons.

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