The slaves in Patric Tariq Mellet’s ancestral line were from Angola, Madagascar, India, Myanmar, Sulawazi and Makassar. Locally he’s a descendant of Krotoa amongst others. He identifies as Camissa African. He is known as a heritage activist, a storyteller and an educator specializing in Cape Slavery. His book ‘The Lie of 1652: A decolonized history of land’ is a deeply informed rethink of South Africa’s past.
Last year New Contrast, one of SA’s very first literary journals, celebrated 60 years in print. With two editors and a many-hatted admin, we take a look at its past, present and future.