Book title: The Unexploded Boer
Author: Erich Rautenbach
Imprint: Zebra Press
Publisher: Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770221659 / ISBN 978-1-77022-165-9
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 224 pages
In the winter of 1975, Erich Rautenbach’s life took a serious turn for the worse when he was bust for selling weed by gun-toting undercover cops. He had been selling the dope to raise money to leave South Africa in a bid to escape his army call-up. But instead he found himself in the infamous John Vorster Square, at the mercy of drug squad policemen who seemed convinced that he was part of some notorious drug ring. This wild memoir recreates the Cape Town of the 1960s and 1970s.
Erich Rautenbach hung out with people from District Six and the Bo-Kaap and jammed with fellow musicians at The Office on Long Street. He describes his travels around the country, to Durban, Johannesburg, the Zulu village where he bought Durban Poison, and all the places in between, and recounts his experiences at John Vorster Square, The Fort and Sterkfontein Sanatorium, where events quickly spiraled out of control. Written in an electric and hilarious style, The Unexploded Boer might become a cult classic.