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Dennis Cruywagen’s book “Brothers in War and Peace: Constand and Abraham Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa” was published by Zebra Press in August. It tells the story of estranged twin brothers Abraham and Constand Viljoen. Constand is a former head of the South African Defence Force, Abraham a left-wing academic. At a time when the white right was threatening to cause an insurrection in South Africa, Abraham persuaded his brother to talk to the African National Congress. Those secret talks paved the way for the peaceful election in 1994.

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