Lukhanyo & Abigail Calata's My Father Died For This brings Fort Calata to life

Their book investigates the mystery that surrounds his death despite two high-profile inquest

17 January 2019 - 10:51 By Sunday Times Books

When the Cradock Four’s Fort Calata was murdered by agents of the apartheid state in 1985, his son Lukhanyo was only three years old.

Thirty-one years later Lukhanyo, now a journalist, becomes one of the SABC Eight when he defies Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reign of censorship at the public broadcaster by writing an open letter that declares: my father didn’t die for this.

Now, with his wife Abigail, Lukhanyo brings to life the father he never knew and investigates the mystery that surrounds his death despite two high-profile inquests.

Join them in a poignant and inspiring journey into the history of a remarkable family that traces the struggle against apartheid beginning with Fort’s grandfather, Rivonia trialist and ANC Secretary-General Rev James Calata.

 

Lukhanyo Calata is a television journalist who worked for eNCA before joining the SABC's parliamentary office. He lives in Cape Town. 

Abigail Calatais a journalist who has worked for Beeld as a political reporter and parliamentary correspondent,  and the University of Cape Town’s Law Faculty. She lives in Cape Town.

Article provided by NB Publishers. 

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