Chris Van Wyk

In detention

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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 was

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About "In detention"

During the apartheid era in South Africa (1948-1994), numerous African political activists were incarcerated by government under the “detention without trial” legislation. With this poem, Chris Van Wyk speaks on the mysterious deaths of at least 67 people who were in detention.

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