Pk Van Der Byl: African Statesman

Pk Van Der Byl: African Statesman

by Hannes Wessels



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781920143497
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

HANNES WESSELS was born in 1956 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) but grew up in Umtali on the Mozambican border. As a boy, holidays were spent with Game Department rangers; time on safari in Mozambique with the late Wally Johnson was a big influence on him. Wessels also grew to know Robert Ruark whose love of Africa, its people, politics and the written word left a lasting impression. He saw action in the Rhodesian bush war before acquiring a law degree which he chose not to use. He has hunted big game in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania in a 20-year career. In 1994 he was severely gored by a wounded buffalo which almost cost him his life. While no longer directly involved in hunting, he is part-owner of a lodge and game ranch in Zambia on the Lower Zambezi and remains keenly interested in all matters relating to African wildlife and conservation. He has published Strange Tales from Africa in the USA, a collection of anecdotes from his hunting days. He is also a syndicated writer for Outdoor Life in the United States and is currently writing a history on the Rhodesian SAS. He is married to Mandy and has two daughters, Hope and Jana, and lives in Darling in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly 6

Introduction 8

Rhodesia: the early days 11

Chapter 1 The family 18

Chapter 2 Major Piet 27

Chapter 3 PK is born 42

Chapter 4 War 50

Chapter 5 To Rhodesia 58

Chapter 6 Chaos 68

Chapter 7 Smith takes control 78

Chapter 8 UDI 85

Chapter 9 Rebellion 98

Chapter 10 War and sanctions 108

Chapter 11 Republic declared 117

Chapter 12 PK goes to war again 126

Chapter 13 Mozambique goes marxist 142

Chapter 14 Selous Scouts attack 153

Chapter 15 PK fired 160

Chapter 16 Internal settlement 175

Chapter 17 Viscounts down 184

Chapter 18 Black rule 195

Chapter 19 Mugabe takes power 204

Chapter 20 The end 214

Index 224

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Notorious throughout Rhodesia for his compulsive womanizing, he cultivated what he imagined to be the languid drawl of the British aristocracy ¿ earning himself the sobriquet The Piccadilly Dutchman at University ¿ and antagonized apartheid politicians by referring to blacks as `munts¿: he was PK van der Byl. First Minister of Information and then of Defence, `Tripod¿ did not marry until his late 50s because he enjoyed his bachelor lifestyle too much ¿ huntin¿ [romantic conquests], shootin¿ [terrorists] and fishin¿ [for influential international supporters of the Smith regime]. Controversial, charming, provocative and infuriating, PK is a fascinating character, and by over-praising him, Wessels does not do him justice: still, the book is invaluable for anyone interested in Southern African cultural and political history.