My Father Died for This

by Lukhanyo Calata & Abigail Calata (Tafelberg Publishers, 2018)

When Fort Calata and the other members of the Cradock Four were murdered by agents of the apartheid state in 1985 his son, Lukhanyo, was only three years old. Thirty-one years later Lukhanyo, now a journalist, becomes one of the SABC 8 when he defies Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reign of censorship at the public broadcaster by writing an open letter that declares: my father didn’t die for this.

With his wife, Abigail, Lukhanyo brings to life the father he never knew and investigates the mystery that, despite two high-profile inquests, surrounds his death. Join them in a poignant and inspiring journey into the history of a remarkable family. ‘My Father Died for This’ traces the struggle against apartheid beginning with Fort’s grandfather, treason trialist and ANC secretary-general Canon James Calata.