'Johnny Clegg was our brother and we were his': George Goch hostel resident

Apartheid rules didn’t matter if the people and music did

21 July 2019 - 00:00 By YOLISA MKELE

Driving past the ramshackle George Goch men’s hostel one can imagine that it once hosted a sign that read “slegs swartes” (blacks only).

Lying south of Johannesburg’s CBD, its surrounding streets teem with the kind of life apartheid engineers taught white people to fear. Built as a storage unit for cheap black labour, the hostel was also a distillation of all the bogeymen the former government used to keep white spines tingling...

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