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Watershed

Just forty years ago, on April 24, 1974, an event occurred which swiftly and dramatically changed the face of Southern Africa. It was the coup d’etat which brought the dictatorship in Portugal crashing down and with it the Portuguese empire, including its giant colonies of Angola and Mozambique. That in turn breached the last great dyke between African black nationalism and the resolute white rulers of Rhodesia, South West Africa and South Africa, and simultaneously triggered nearly two decades of civil war in the former colonies.
Now, for the first time, a unique photographic record of what happened in Angola and Mozambique is available. It is a book titled “Watershed” with text by me, Wilf Nussey, and hundreds of photos taken by the many lensmen and reporters who worked with me to cover this dramatic period in African history. The large format of the book has given great scope for stunning display and design by the publishers, 30 Degrees South in Southern Africa and Helion in Britain.
This is a rare and striking account of an often overlooked yet signally important development that, perhaps more than any other pressure, forced the surrender of the white rulers to black rulers, an indispensable addition to any Africana collection.

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THE MACHIAVELLIAN AFFAIR – synopsis

mach_coverBy Wilf Nussey
 
 When the Soviet Union crumbles in the late 1980s, control of its huge arsenal disintegrates. Member states go their own ways taking with them sophisticated weaponry. A group of old guard communists, seeing their power evaporating, exploits the situation to try to turn the clock back.
With stolen nuclear missiles they set out to create international crises in several parts of the world to discredit Moscow’s new liberalism, create openings for Russian military power and restore the credibility of communism.
One place they pick is Southern Africa, where black nationalism meets the barrier of apartheid. Missiles will be used to cause a major disaster for which South Africa will be blamed, triggering open war. Russian forces under the Red banner will rush to black Africa’s aid.
British and American intelligence get wind of this but are unwilling to take direct action. Britain’s MI6 opts to use the services of a billionaire and political intriguer with worldwide business interests whose son, a charter pilot in Kenya and covert MI6 agent, has disappeared on a flight to Mauritius. He hires Victor Kennedy to find his son.
Kennedy is an out-of-work Briton who fought for Rhodesia in the guerilla war there. The search leads him via murky exile groups in South Africa to Mozambique, where he enlists the help of the rebel underground and the sinister security police discover his presence.
The CIA learn of the Russian plot from their own sources. They inform the national security advisor and he decides to turn the tables by seizing guidance control of the hijacked  nuclear missiles and blaming the apartheid government in South Africa.
Kennedy finds the missing son and discovers the full ramifications of the plot but is captured. Meanwhile South Africa’s intelligence chiefs have been tipped off and ironically discover their objective is the same that of Mozambique’s Frelimo rulers, who have also learned of the plot: destroy it. They go to Kennedy’s assistance.
The story moves between the political machinations in London, Washington and Southern African as the competing groups move to abort the rebel Russians’ scheme or take it over for their own objectives.
It rises to taut and violent action as Kennedy and a Mozambican colleague move to destroy the missiles, and reaches spectacular climax in the depths of Madagascar.
The scenes, cities, wilderness, technology and most of the names are authentic. The vivid characters are fictitious but modelled from life.
This book is a re-issue of “Darts of Deceit” with a title and cover picture more appropriate to the complexity of the story.
 
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“THE HIDDEN THIRD”

Hidden Third coverBy Wilf Nussey

Four volatile years after Nelson Mandela was freed, South Africans of all races voted in the first democratic general election since their country was created 94 years earlier. There had been much violence in those years and the world watched in lip-smacking anticipation of a flood of blood when the majority black population took revenge for the oppression and brutality of 48 years of apartheid.

It did not happen, to the astonishment of all. Mandela waved a magic wand of peace and reconciliation. Black and white worked together to shape the future, beginning with the writing of a constitution widely regarded as a model of democracy. Blacks took over government, white business thrived, life carried on much as before and the country began its long slide into its present state of decay.

But beneath the placid national surface, concealed by the sweetness and light, powerful forces lay hidden bitterly opposed to the supposedly non-racial though effectively black rule, determined to overthrow it or escape it.

For centuries before the election the Afrikaner people, a tough and capable community born of mainly Dutch but also French and some other racial stock with infusions of Malay, Khoi, Malagasy and even African blood, had been struggling for their total independence as an ethnic group. They wanted their own country, language, religion and custom without the participation of any other people, white, black or brown.

They came close to it with the two large Boer republics in the Orange Free State and the Transvaal until Britain conquered them. They tried again, very hard, in the newly-born South Africa with apartheid.

Statistics defeated them. Black population growth swamped their numbers and their plans. Apartheid was doomed. Most Afrikaners accepted this. They are pragmatic, sensible people with more experience of living with blacks than any other ethnic community on earth.

But some didn’t, and still do not. One or two coup or breakaway moves have been uncovered since 1994, all small and stupid and hopeless. But the motivation is still there, strong, nurtured by powerful people who are not fools.

This e-book, published by Rebel e Publishers, is of a secession attempt soon after the election. It is fiction but it might well have happened. It could still happen. The places are real. The characters are based on real people. The mental attitudes persist. The thirst for an Afrikaner homeland is as strong as ever.

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