- Holland’s only objective was to gain a foothold on a piece of supposedly uninhabited southern Africa and supply its ships sailing to the Indies with fresh produce.
- The disappointed young Dutchman setting out to plant lettuce could never have imagined he was writing the first chapter in the history of a country: South Africa.
- The settlers of Dutch descent were known locally as Boers, or “farmers.”
- Holland had just opened to a handful of its children the doors of a continent on whose soil they would soon write the most grandiose and ferocious of colonial epics.
- Young Hendrik Bidault replied fiercely, “Be off with you! We are no longer Dutch but Afrikaners!” That day the white tribe severed its ties with its mother country.
- The Broederbond became the backbone of rigid Afrikaner nationalism and a racist ideology that would bring South Africa near disaster.
- Malan was sure of having the instrument for one day imposing on the country his diabolical vision of a South Africa free of the black menace.
- At the end of the 1940s that Verwoerd and his antlike team were prepared to promulgate 1,750 pieces of legislation designed to give whites sole rule in South Africa.
- Just when ideas of equality and dignity were spreading throughout the colonized world, white South Africa was moving in the opposite direction.
- Basson had suggested to his bosses the idea of manufacturing chemical products to lower the fertility rate of people of color.
- A huge scandal engulfed the man who tried to sell apartheid to the West like shaving cream.
- Mandela: “The apartheid system had not only physically divided the inhabitants of my country. It had stamped hatred in their hearts.”
- Mandela: “We must do everything we can to persuade our white compatriots that a new, nonracial South Africa would be a better place for all."
- As Mandela entered the small house at 8115 Orlando West with Winnie, he suddenly felt that he had really left prison.
- In his mind it was the place of intimate reunion with his wife after twenty-seven years of separation.
- Through all those 27 years of incarceration home had occupied the center of his imaginary world, “the place marked with an X in my mental geography.”
A Rainbow in the Night:
The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
Da Capo Press, 2009