Is Apartheid Over? (3/3)

You can find parts 2 and 3 of this article on Calamlike.

The SB prevented Ben from leading his inquiries. They warned him and even threatened him. Did they succeed? A black lawyer was given his banning orders, one doctor, who attended Gordon’s autopsy on behalf of the family was jailed and released and eventually removed. Ben’s house has also been raided, his collegues (actually, very few stood by him) were questioned about him and the SB didn’t let him in peace and Ben’s wife could no longer stand it. That was why Ben felt guilty, deeply desperate and the hoplessness of the situation and the “invisible ubiquious power”, (page 237), got him down. Howver, Amelie and especially Stanley, restored his confidence. The SB neither succeeded in finding out Ben’s notes and journals nor they prevented him from having his reports being published by an English newspaper. However, as time went by, Ben lost contact with Stanley and could no more see Amelie again. He was also led to resign from his function. He felt utter loneliness. He then enjoyed brief quiet moments at his daughter’s house for a short stay. He knew he would end up getting in trouble but he hoped : “that everything will not end here with him” (page 315). In the epilogue, we learn how Ben was run over by a car while he was to post a letter to the narrator who, undoubtdly, took part in his fighing. One can’t help thinking Ben payed the price for his deep involvment but he set a very good example to many people. Could he, should he have acted differently?

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