RW Johnson myths busted – Voted Labour, fought Apartheid

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RW Johnson myths busted – Voted Labour, fought Apartheid

When I interviewed RW Johnson and his wife Prof Irina Filatova at their household in November 2015, the outstanding author and political scientist gave me a duplicate of his then just lately printed autobiography Look Back again In Laughter. 

It was a cathartic venture, he spelled out. A thing to provide again happier days. The book experienced been published after a swim in KZN’s Trafalgar Beach front lagoon gave him necrotizing fasciitis prompted by flesh ingesting microbes. It is 89% lethal. The previous Oxford Don survived, but at the price of a leg amputated above the knee.

We’re fortunate to still have RWJ providing his common truth bombs at SA’s political class. And privileged he has agreed to produce the opening keynote at the Fourth BizNews Conference, now less than two months absent – from August 30 to September 2. The collecting of our tribe is certainly an event not to be missed. Additional so with RWJ in attendance.

I interviewed him yesterday in anticipation of the celebration and to shatter some perceptions all around this forthright, call-a-spade-a-bloody-shovel academic and author. Who’d have assumed he normally voted Labour was detained for the duration of Apartheid and grew up on Liverpool’s dockside. And which is just for starters. A intriguing, complicated male. Click here to hear to the job interview (and beneath to look at it).

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View: Prolific author, columnist and revered tutorial RW Johnson is acknowledged between lovers and foes as a Rhodes scholar who became an Oxford Don and, due to the fact returning to SA in 1995, outspoken critic of the ANC. This interview, even so, digs further into what helps make him tick, exposing a lot a lot more about BNC#4’s opening speaker. Which include Johnson’s exceptionally humble roots, fiercely anti-Apartheid past (and existing) and the authentic rationale he continues to challenge taboos, assault convention and communicate unpleasant truths to electrical power. He will produce the opening keynote in the Drakensberg at the Aug 30-Sept 2 accumulating.

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