Carlos Santos obituary

My pal and previous scholar, Carlos Santos, has died elderly 79 of liver illness. He skilled existence to the total and changed into considered “a dwelling repository” of the fresh historical past of southern Africa.

Carlos’s existence used to be formed by means of annoying reviews. Elderly 17, he used to be despatched to be told English in a highschool within the Transvaal, the place he suffered as an interloper in Afrikaner society. Then, in 1973, throughout Frelimo’s independence battle towards Portugal in Mozambique, he used to be arrested by means of the colonial safety police and persisted 22 days of solitary confinement in Machava jail, in addition to bodily maltreatment. It used to be alleged he were concerned within the destruction of a statue of the Portuguese dictator, António de Salazar. Launched for loss of proof, he swore the reality would cross with him to the grave.

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