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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. so simple and straightforward that it makes accessible even to quite young children the difficult and the profound. Banned by the apartheid government in South Africa, this is the story of two children’s courage and determination to find their mother and bring her home.

But at university, Naidoo became increasingly outraged at the South African government and joined Nelson Mandela’s anti-Apartheid movement, with Beverly Naido being arrested and jailed in 1964, for anti-government activities. The dangers and massive injustices inherent in that system are mentioned and then, weirdly, glossed over quickly, and the ending is a little too pat and trite. She married a man from Indian descent: their union would have been ”a crime” under the apartheid laws (I'm guessing like Trevor Noah's parents').

I read this to a year 6 class and they really enjoyed it, interested in exploring the history and learning about the issues that faced South Africa. On their journey they experience the oppressive and harsh realities of the apartheid including the segregation by colour, the Pass laws that require all black people to carry a passbook at all times and the extreme poverty alongside so much wealth.

After her father’s death, her mother, Mma, has had to work in Johannesburg for money for the family.Their mother works far away in Johannesburg and their father died from a disease caught in the mines.

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.I stopped and went on Wikipedia (my go-to source on almost everything) to see what the deal with Jo'burg is (it is Johannesburg indeed! Set in historical South Africa during the time of apartheid, Naledi and her brother Tiro worry about their sick younger sister. Naledi and Tiro are exposed to the fear of violence for “non whites” underlying the discrimination when they unknowingly attempt to board a bus for white people and witness a pass raid at a train station where they see the cruel treatment of black people at the hands of the police. Everyone knows this and instinctively hides from the police, known for throwing people in jail ”just because”.

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