Inspired by the authors years as an activist in Apartheid-era Cape Town, The Innocents is a gripping account of how, in the myriad political battles of our recent past, an even greater number of private wars were lost or won.
Yusuf and three of his friends attempt to prove themselves worthy of the Peoples Army by committing acts of sabotage against Cape Towns wealthy citizens. Thandi, the bewitching niece of the Peoples Army leader, accompanies them as an accomplice, and to report back on their achievements. As Yusuf struggles to reconcile his strong religious beliefs that condemn the murder of innocents and his groups increasingly extreme political strategies, they are all drawn into a vortex of fear, heroism, disaster, and betrayal of lost innocence.
"[Afrika's] work is consistently clear, unembroidered, often very moving and has won him South Africa's top literary prizes … [The Innocents is] a novel of great depth and sincerity with its 'thriller' element tempered by a sober summation of exactly what taking up arms to achieve a political purpose demands." —Cape Times
"Revolt, conviction and crisis are drawn into finely crafted contention … a story about the hopes and frailty of our time … that's at once provocative and readable." —Femina