Parcel of Death recounts the little-told life story of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, the first South African freedom fighter to be pursued by the apartheid regime beyond the country’s borders in order to be assassinated by means of a parcel bomb.
On 29 April 1972 Tiro made one of the most consequential anti-apartheid addresses in South African history. Dubbed the Turfloop Testimony, Tiro’s speech saw him and many of his fellow student activists expelled, igniting a series of strikes in tertiary institutions across the country. By the time he went into exile in Botswana, Tiro was president of the Southern African Student Movement (SASM), permanent organiser of the South African Student Organisation (SASO) and a leading black consciousness proponent, hailed by many as the ‘father’ of the June 1976 uprisings.
Parcel of Death uses extensive and exclusive interviews to highlight significant influences and periods in Tiro’s life, including the lessons learned from his rural upbringing in Dinokana, Zeerust, the time he spent working on a manganese mine, his role as a teacher and the impact of his faith in shaping his outlook. It is a compelling portrait of Tiro’s story and lasting significance in South Africa’s history.