Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


In Detention - Chris Van Wyk

No description

B Borain

on 27 May 2016

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of In Detention - Chris Van Wyk

In Detention by Chris van Wyk
Chris Van Wyk
He fell from the ninth floor
He hanged himself
He slipped on a piece of soap while washing
He hanged himself
He slipped on a piece of soap while washing
He fell from the ninth floor
He hanged himself while washing
He slipped from the ninth floor
He hung from the ninth floor
He slipped on the ninth floor while washing
He fell from a piece of soap while slipping
He hung from the ninth floor
He washed from the ninth floor while slipping
He hung from a piece of soap while slipping

Ahmed Timol: Died October 27, 1971 - he fell from the 10th-floor window

Wellington Tshazibane: Died December 11, 1976 - he was found hanging in his cell from a noose made of strips of blanket

Elmon Malele: Died January 20, 1977 - died hitting his head on a table after being interrogated

Matthews Mojo Mabelane: Died February 15, 1977 - he fell to his death from the 10th floor

Neil Aggett: Died February 5, 1982 - found hanging in his cell

Ernest Moabi Dipale: Died August 8, 1982 - he hanged himself with a strip of blanket from a cell

Maisha "Stanza" Bopape: Died June 12, 1988 - "disappeared". His death at John Vorster Square came to light only at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in March 1997, when 10 security policemen applied for amnesty for his death. Five said they had been involved in his torture, three said they had covered up the reasons for his death and two said they had disposed of his body. It was never found.

Clayton Sizwe Sithole: Died January 30, 1990 -found hanging by a belt and shoelaces from a water pipe in the shower soon after he had been heard joking with a policeman who had locked him in his cell. It remains unexplained where he got the shoelaces.
Christopher van Wyk (born 1957 in Soweto) is a South African children’s book author, novelist and poet.
What are you thoughts?

•Political prisoners held in John Vorster Square were detained without trial. The South African state had introduced this measure in 1963, which enabled police to hold detainees for up to ninety days with no contact with family, doctors or legal representation. By 1967 allowance for indefinite detention was made through Section Six of the Terrorism Act. In September 1997, John Vorster Square was renamed Johannesburg Central Prison, and the bust of John Vorster was removed, carrying with it the legacy of apartheid-era police brutality.
•John Vorster Square was officially opened on 23 August 1968, during the height of racial segregation and political oppression in apartheid South Africa.

•Between 1968 and 1990 the blue cement building in downtown Johannesburg became the site of innumerable human rights violations, involving interrogations, innumerable counts of torture, and the death of eight detainees.
BARBARA HOGAN: "To give you an example of the extent of the terror that you finally find yourself, I tried to commit suicide at one stage. In fact it was the day before they took me to Vereeniging when I knew that they were going to take me out of the jurisdiction of this district surgeon. I knew that I would be beaten up elsewhere and I knew that I had nothing more to say and it was this terrifying notion that they could kill you for nothing. By that stage, when you'd been interrogation for six or seven weeks, every day and all day and the real nasties had started I just lost all sense of proportion. I know now why people commit suicide. For me it was absolutely clear, this was my way out. I stole tablets without them knowing it. I first tried to cut my wrists by sharpening the end of my toothpaste tube, you know it's made out of aluminium, and that wasn't strong enough to get to my vein. I'd tied a thing around my neck, very tight, and at that stage, it was after the assaults, they'd been forced to give me a bed because of the district surgeon. So I had a bed with iron bars at the back and I tied whatever I'd tied around my neck to the iron bars so that I wouldn't be able to release myself. So I was virtually choking and I hoped then that I would suffocate myself while being under sedation. The next morning I woke up and I was alive so I must have managed to rip the thing off my neck. That was the lowest moment in my life."

During the literary explosion among black writers that followed the Soweto uprising in 1976 van Wyk published a volume of poetry, It Is Time to Go Home (1979), that won the 1980 Olive Schreiner Prize. The book is characterized by the preoccupations of other Soweto poets such as Mongane Serote and employs the language of defiance and assertion in poetry that reveals at all times the Black Consciousness of the era.
Discuss the effectiveness of this poem as a striking example of satire. Consider:
· The poet’ s intention in writing this poem
· The obvious sarcasm
· The tone of the poet
· The structure of the poem
· The diction (word choice)

"Words as slippery as soap escape syntax." Like the slippery soap, the words slip and slide around the poem trying to create meaning, highlighting the absurdity of the official LIE (note: contrast with "official line").
Consider the the jumbling of the three reasons into absurd statements. Could this represent the authorities inability to keep their story straight themselves?
Beginning each line with ‘He’ transfers the blame for the deaths onto the deceased.
Satire is:
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
poem written to show the
patent absurdity
of the reasons given by the police under apartheid for people ‘dying’ in detention, because it would have been very difficult for the inmates to manage to find the means to commit suicide, or jump from ledges. Behind the nonsensical reasons given by the police,
lies the horror and brutality of what was, in reality, murder in detention
Mrs Borain
Full transcript