Top journalist tackles the skeletons in SA's cupboard
DATE: 11 December 2014
“I’d rather have a country established on a national truth than on a national myth.”
Famed veteran journalist turned author, Michael Schmidt, pulled no punches at the launch of his book, Drinking with Ghosts: The Aftermath of Apartheid’s Dirty War (BestRed), in Johannesburg.
Schmidt's novel, A Reporter's Notebook, which respected journalist Max du Preez calls “the best he's read”, dives into a time of anxious revolution and rebellion - a period which Schmidt claims to be “airbrushed”, by selectively nostalgic capitalist opportunists.
“People keep talking about the peaceful transition, but I remember sitting by mass graves every weekend, so I don’t remember the peaceful transition...neither do millions of South Africans who actually went through it,” explains Schmidt.