The deaths of Hintsa: postapartheid South Africa and the shape of recurring pasts

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HSRC Press, 2009 - History - 337 pages
Following the tracks of South African traditional leader Nicholas Gcaleka, this account explores the reasons for his postapartheid journey to Great Britain as well as the public derision that accompanied him. Arguing that the sources of derision can be found in the modes of evidence established by colonial power, this exploration traces Gcaleka’s search for the remains of the tribal leader Hintsa, who was killed by British troops during the South African colonial period. Calling for a postcolonial critique of apartheid and for new models for writing histories, this reconstruction offers a new perspective of the colonial archive, suggesting a blurring of the distinction between history and historiography in order to forge a postapartheid history.

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Colonial modes of evidence and the grammar of domination
Mistaken identity
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About the author (2009)

Premesh Lalu is an associate professor of history at the University of the Western Cape. He is the chair of the program on the study of the humanities in Africa and a trustee of the District Six Museum Foundation in Cape Town. His work has been featured in the journals Current Writing, History and Theory, History in Africa, Kronos, and The South African Historical Journal.