Bill Keller is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, of which he is a former executive editor. He was the Times bureau chief in Johannesburg from 1992 to 1995.
 (March 2013)


The Heretic

The South African journalist Rian Malan

The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Other Stories of Africa

by Rian Malan
Late on the night of June 17, 1992, a formation of armed Zulu men emerged from a migrant labor barracks in the Vaal Triangle, south of Johannesburg. Bearing spears, machetes, clubs, and the odd submachine gun, and fortified by traditional battle magic, the war party descended on the little township …