Jeff van Rooyen’s Book: Unshackled

Jeff van Rooyen is a natural born storyteller. His memoir Unshackled begins with his roots in the Johannesburg townships of Alexandra, Newclare and then Riverlea Extension, between the 1950s and 1960s. The opening is candid and hard-hitting: ‘Life in a South African township is often synonymous with violence, crime and poverty,’ he writes. ‘Many children…