Obs man writes book about SA’s past

Colin Jooste.

Important historical events and people who shaped South Africa are featured in Setjhaba sa South Africa – A Rear View, a self-published book by Colin Jooste, of Observatory.

The collection of stories and poems gives a glimpse into the country’s political struggle and is a culmination of many years of writing by Mr Jooste, 74.

“The intention was never to publish for public consumption until my friend Professor Sigamoney Manicka Naicker read some of my poetic works and encouraged me to embark on this trajectory,” he says.

He believes the book will be a useful reference for “born frees” and high school pupils. “In fact, I see it as an integral component of the history of South Africa as verbalised by one of the oppressed, told by one who was marginalised by our self-proclaimed saviours who lined their pockets with what was inherently ours,” he says.

As a freelance photojournalist, Mr Jooste worked for various media and news agencies from the early 1970s and has been a regular contributor to the Cape Times, Sunday Times, Cape Argus, Die Burger and Rapport.

He is currently working on several more book including one on District Six.

Setjhaba sa South Africa – A Rear View can be purchased from selected PNA Stores in the southern suburbs from R195 or contact Mr Jooste on WhatsApp at 061 406 2169 or by email at joosteeolin@gmail.com.

The cover of Setjhaba sa South Africa – A Rear View.