SOUTH AFRICA: The Great Impersonation

The mayor and the village clerk were both away when sleek, dark-suited Willem Johannes Janse van Rensburg rolled importantly into dusty Hennenman in a big car marked with the official Gs of government service. But Rensburg was not one to wait on protocol. With one stern glance about the little (pop. 1,146) Orange Free State village, he commandeered a likely office, announced to the assembled villagers that he was the new government health inspector and asked for complaints.

In no time, Rensburg's office was full of villagers protesting against dilapidated hovels, noisome...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!