Out of Quattro by Luthando Dyasop
Luthando Dyasop’s memoir starts with an account of his young life as a black artist in apartheid South Africa. From the Wild Coast, at times idyllice despite the frustrations of Bantu Education, he takes the reader along on a journey beyond the Drakensberg Mountains, where an idealistic Dyasop joins uMkhonto we Sizwe, the banned ANC’s military wing.
Soon disillusioned by the autocratic rule within the training camps, Dyasop falls out of favour with the powers that be. Implicated in a comrade’s suicide attempt, then suspected of mutiny, he is sent to the Quatro detention centre. After years of daily beatings and gruelling physical labour, he is eventually released, and finds himself in Tanzania, when he begins his battle for vindication.
Out of Quatro is a story not only about Dyasop’s extraordinary life, but also about a tumultuous time in ANC history, the resonance of which is still being felt today. Decades after his release from Quatro, Dyasop has found his voice to tell his story.