Jim Freeman
6 minute read
23 Jan 2021
1:05 pm

Sins of the flesh for the virtuous

Jim Freeman

Nkomazi Private Game Reserve :southern Mpumalanga at its gorgeous best

Back in this country's wicked past – before the days of Sun City – South Africans used to head to Swaziland (now the Kingdom of Eswatini) to gamble and indulge in various locally prohibited sins of the flesh. You'd see them on a Friday afternoon; males on their own or in small groups, "missioning" east along the highways out of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Unlike people headed for Kruger or the Lowveld, they'd turn south shortly after what is now the Alzu monstrosity outside Middelburg and drive to the Oshoek border post. I know this because I grew up in a...