Manguzi, KwaZulu-Natal. For two weeks in November 1993, in the twilight months of apartheid, Clare Stewart’s body lay hidden in a shallow ditch beneath towering red aloes until cattle herders discovered her remains. The much-loved ANC activist and rural development worker had moved to this remote outpost five years previously to set up a cattle co-operative. Even as rampant political violence engulfed the region, she had found a purpose and a home there.
Yet shortly after her death, local leaders were rumoured to have held a feast to celebrate the ‘recent demise of certain targets’… The police, meanwhile, claimed they could turn up no leads and made no arrests. Amid the chaos and euphoria that met the birth of a new South Africa, the details of Clare’s death would remain hidden among the dirty secrets of the of the transition to democracy.
When journalist Christopher Clark stumbled across Clare’s story, it would not let him go. This is his compelling account of the search for the truth about Clare’s killing, and his quest to better understand both her bold, intrepid life and her enduring legacy.