Apostles of Civilised Vice (South Africa: 2000)


Zackie Achmat


Producer: Jack Lewis


A history of homosexuality in South Africa from colonial times to the present. Estimates say that between 1910 and 1933 over 60,000 men were convicted of sodomy. They were overwhelmingly black and unable to afford legal representation.


Apostles of Civilised Vice, Community Media Trust (online review)

Academic Articles:

Achmat, Zackie. ““Apostles of civilised vice”:‘Immoral practices’ and ‘unnatural vice’in South African prisons and compounds, 1890–1920.” Social Dynamics 19.2 (1993): 92-110.

Epprecht, Marc. “” Unnatural Vice” in South Africa: The 1907 Commission of Enquiry.” International Journal of African Historical Studies (2001): 121-140.

Epprecht, Marc. “The ‘unsaying’of indigenous homosexualities in Zimbabwe: mapping a blindspot in an African masculinity.” Journal of Southern African Studies 24.4 (1998): 631-651.

Gear, Sasha. “Rules of engagement: Structuring sex and damage in men’s prisons and beyond.” Culture, health & sexuality 7.3 (2005): 195-208.

Stadler, J. J., S. Delany, and M. Mntambo. “Sexual coercion and sexual desire: ambivalent meanings of heterosexual anal sex in Soweto, South Africa.” AIDS care 19.10 (2007): 1189-1193.

Taylor, Jane, and David Bunn. “Editors’ comment.” (1993): 1-2.

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