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Life imitates art

Jacana Media, publishers of David Dison’s political thriller, “Death in the New Republic” confronted their author over events at SAA earlier this year.

“We think you put this work up as fiction just so you could get us to publish it as a novel,” Jacana accused Dison.

“I beg your pardon?” retorted the normally laconic author.

“Dison, do not feign innocence. Death in the New Republic covers the smuggling of three bags of dagga to London on SAA by the sister of an SAA air hostess on one of her flights – correct?”

Dison nodded, quizzically.

“Each bag was worth 160 thousand pounds sterling, the flight landed at Heathrow, and the SAA gang rumbled – correct?
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Nossel the provoker

Lunch was done. Nossel read the headlines of his crumpled newspaper.

Provoking, as was his wont, he presented Nxumalo with his latest legal observation.

“So the judge who, under apartheid, held that there was no evidence of death squads, faults the judge who finds evidence of the encumbent’s persecution by the Scorpions.”

“Well, he’s being fairly consistent isn’t he? He doesn’t believe that a judge can go outside the direct evidence in front of him.”

“Yes, the cocoon approach, I call it ” retorted Nossel. “All very well and good for the everyday matter that comes before the courts, but political trials are surely different. Politics doesn’t take place inside the barrister’s constructed cocoon, it happens within the vast social milieu. Surely a judge in a political trial cannot remove himself from that milieu. Otherwise he’ll never find death squads, even when they’re staring him in the face.”
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Nossel’s clearly preoccupied…

Nossel left the Commercial Crimes Unit on foot, clearly preoccupied..

Nxumalo tapped him on the shoulder, smiling.

“Celebratory lunch, old man? It is Friday, and that calls for a drink on its own, besides we won big today, and Cornelius is finally behind the jail door.”

“As long as you’re prepared to sit with another old reprobate from that time” Nossel retorted.

“Today, I don’t care who else is there, as long as you and I can etch our victorious battle in wine upon the table.”
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Welcome to the David Dison Blog

David DisonWelcome to my blog.

I am working on my next Nossel novel, looking at a mystery hostage-taking in Joburg that reveals the depths of xenophobia in this town.

Once again the old gumshoe/lawyer becomes embroiled, unable to resolve his love/hate relationship with the city and the New Republic.

And as I write the book, the drama in our town is exacerbated daily by the creaking infrastructure of our beloved republic, and the new dynamics thrown up by an intense competition for resources and energy.
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