The Jazz King (Part 7)

“Earning his father’s respect, Sebele II crossed the oceans and went to war. There he behaved like other soldiers with humbleness and respect for others. He fought earnestly, while concealing his short temper; living in comradeship with his mates.

“Exposed to war Sebele observed and learnt. He saw men dying, heard commanders shouting orders and saw men fall asleep in trenches full of water. He witnessed filth and the gruesome sight of people living squeezed in small spaces for a long time. He saw men screaming for their mothers when bullets ripped them apart. All these things he saw and heard because they stayed in his mind to haunt him.” Translated from manuscript by M.O.M. Seboni

We left off in January 1918 when, with the First World War still moving toward its endgame along the Western Front, the South African Government decided to abruptly disband the South African Native Labour Contingent (SANLC). Those who had not yet left for France were demobilised, while those who had been deployed in the war zone were progressively recalled at the end of twelve month’s service.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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