When researching Consider the Verdict, I found great difficulty in understanding the logic of the archive material that described the ‘murder’ of Chief Hintsa, when he was at his most powerful period of his life.
I used my ‘artistic licence’ to attach the reasons and motivation, for what I believed, the circumstances related to his murder, was.
My thoughts often think about going down to the Easter Cape to find his descendants, and present my thinking, then, as I write my next book, I discover a link to Chief Hintsa’s descendants, in Soweto, and today I meet this family.
I leave their home, return to my computer, and add the following comment to the front cover:
12 years of regular interaction in Soweto, and I still feel a tingle, when I talk to the descendants of these great leaders;
Cedric de la Harpe