Previous book on the murder of Dulcie September, Atlas, Netherlands, 2001
In 1988, South African teacher and anti-apartheid activist Dulcie September is murdered in Paris, France. It is the first in a series of murders between which a gruesome connection seems to exist. While trying to chase ‘apartheid death squads’ in Europe, Evelyn Groenink finds herself embroiled in a web of Western industrialists, politicians of all denominations and former apartheid bureaucrats.
Atlas blurb on bol.com (in Dutch)
The book offers a comprehensive reconstruction of the murder in 1988 of Dulcie September, the South African representative in Paris of the resistance movement ANC. While it has been assumed that a South African murder unit killed her on instructions of the apartheid regime, the writer refutes that theory. She comes to the conclusion that Dulcie was murdered because she found out about secret arms deals from France, via the Corsican mafia, to South Africa. Based on around a thousand interviews and archival research, she analyses this murder and uncovers parallels with other such assassinations. The author, who worked on the case for twelve years, is a former anti-apartheid activist and journalist. She has written a credible, interesting and exciting reconstruction.
(Biblion review, Frits Baarda, in Dutch)
“Finally, a thorough attempt to get to the bottom of Dulcie’s killing.” – Michael Arendse, Dulcie September’s eldest nephew.
“Tracks that lead straight into a lion’s den of secret services, mercenaries and mafia-linked businessmen.” – De Standaard der Letteren, Belgium
“Exposes patterns of arms trade and secret service involvement in murder.” – Algemeen Dagblad, the Netherlands
“A rare example of excellent investigative journalism … justifies a reopening of the Chris Hani murder case.” – Het Parool, the Netherlands
“A story so hard-boiled that one should read it in a nuclear shelter rather than on the beach.” – Humo, Belgium
“You don’t make this stuff up … proves that nothing is more fantastic than reality.” – Opzij, the Netherlands
“Conspiracies … are often the brainchildren of a sensationalist press’s fantasies. Groenink’s facts and arguments, however, do indicate a real pattern … on the basis of investigation and comparison of witness statements she finds, time and time again, the same circuit: arms trade, illegal diamond trade, bribery.” – De Standaard der Letteren, Belgium