Reader impression: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet

01 September 2020

This reader impression was written and sent to LitNet on the writer’s own initiative.

Loose talk, especially pillow talk, can be dangerous. In the arms of a lover, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whispers that Nelson will be visiting Durban. The lover wants Winnie for himself. He sees an opportunity to betray Mandela to the authorities, and the rest is history. Mandela is arrested at a roadblock in Natal, is convicted of treason and spends 27 years in jail – until the endgame, when the National Party government is boxed in by events and decides to free him prior to negotiating an end to apartheid.

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