AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
PUBLISHER: City Press
DATE: 24 August 2012

DESCRIPTION: On the evening of Thursday, August 16, in Johannesburg, I returned to my hotel for a well-deserved rest. I would turn on the TV, watch the news and then settle back to enjoy yet another episode of Isidingo. But the evening I imagined was not to be. As the TV flickered to life, a newsreader introduced a breaking news item, and I knew immediately what was being replayed before me. Police officers opened fire, and dust rose as people in the line of fire collapsed. I will never forget the rapid cacophony of firing weapons sounding like popping corn, but decidedly deadlier.

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