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Journey To Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo
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it was amazing

I was aware of apartheid in South Africa in the late 1970s, as a young mixed-race girl, so some of things that happen in this book are of no surprise to me. However, the way Beverly Naidoo a white South African author brings this story to life, quite shockingly exposes how white people in South Africa disgustingly treated black people and should just feel a sense of shame about this period in history. Naidoo just tells it how it was.

This amazing story is about Naledi and her brother Tiro who travel to Johannesburg, 300km away to get their mother, because their baby sister is sick. Why do they do this? Their mother works as a servant for a white family and black workers were not allowed to live with their family where they worked because the area was for whites only. Black and white people were separated by unfair laws created by the government.

The story sees a series of journeys and snippets of what life was like for black people at this time. The cruelty of separation, the patronising attitude towards blacks, the violence and aggression that was given out by the the police in regards to the pass system. How black people stood up to their oppressors.

What is also shocking is that this story is inspired by real incidents, reported in the South African press. You'll feel sad for the main characters, but their resilience will shine a light for all South Africans. Breathtaking!
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Reading Progress

November 17, 2017 – Started Reading
November 17, 2017 – Shelved
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November 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

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