This essay reads Phyllis Naidoo's 1990 Waiting to Die in Pretoria as a radical requiem for Black death under apartheid. Naidoo builds her case against the death penalty through a roll of Black death row inmates that anticipates contemporary racial crises with an uncanny feel for the trauma of white supremacist violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
JournalSouth Asian Review
Issue number1-2
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Phyllis Naidoo
  • political solidarity
  • Black Consciousness
  • death penalty
  • Black death
  • anti-apartheid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies


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