So much is known and heard about the American and British wars
So Little is written about the South African war
Vasbyt Boetie! Was the slogan as
The boys of Greenside High, a “Good” school according to Madiba
On his visits there
Were conscripted to the South African Defence Force
Some (a lucky few) were assigned to the Police Force for three years instead
And therefore got assigned to urban police stations instead
Of the Navy in Cape Town or 7 SA Infantry battalion
In Phalaborwa in the Northern Transvaaal
As I was.
How weird – one of my Greenside “choms” was a runner
And he volunteered for the parabats who used to see action
Up on the border, whereas the plain old infantry
Were usually assigned to township duty as
This was the riotous eighties.
I skipped the country and the draft.
Why don’t more people write about their experiences
During that dirty war?
You can read “The Bang-Bang Club” but that is written by a journalist.