15 May 2018. Trying to write about the first time I spent time with Ivan, on a visit to Lusaka at the end of 1990, I keep coming back to Operation Vula. Which is not very romantic. And therefore slightly … Continue readingVula
Evelyn Groenink was interviewed by the Cape Times about Incorruptible. Read it here: Killed for not betraying principles We are not just talking about political stalwarts who fought the political battle; they did that too. But that’s not why they … Continue readingInterview: Killed for not betraying principles (Cape Times)
Dear Comrades who support President Zuma because of ‘white capital’, I agree with you. Well, not on the Zuma bit. That evil old mouse is friends with capitalists and gangsters of all colours and I fail to see how that … Continue readingOf old white capital and new age plunder
A friend sent me some articles that appeared recently in the Cape Times. They deal with the murder of Dulcie September, ANC-representative in Paris, then, in 1988. The murder, of the middle-aged former schoolteacher who fought apartheid, is quite some … Continue readingDulcie September and the non-existent ‘death squads in Europe’
This article was first published on www.gijn.org ‘Normal’ media don’t do investigative journalism anymore. That is why we need non-profit institutions, specially geared and equipped to investigate public interest issues. They will fill the gap. The position, taken by many … Continue readingWhy ‘institutes of excellence’ won’t address the African publics’ information needs
After an outburst of protests from governing party and traditionalists against a painting of a naked Jacob Zuma, the countries’ lefties are upset. Sixteen-year old South Africa has ‘failed’, says a former white politician, who in the past spoke out … Continue readingForward ever, backward never: the naked Zuma and the progress of outrage
And another thing. “I am not invisible”, tweets a teenager from the region in Uganda where Kony was active up to 6 years ago. “I am Acholi”. Which, maybe, indicates the real damage done to this childs’ peers in the … Continue readingThe invisible ones
Joseph Kony is on Twitter now. It’s probably not him but it could be. “I give children belonging and respect”, he tweets. If the StopKony campaign has had one result, it is now that all of us, really all of … Continue readingWhat do Kony and StopKony give our children that we don’t?
The state is where the stuff is and theft is the only way to get it On the subject of Africa, the world seems intrigued by the question whether ‘it’ will ever work. ‘It’ can be the economy, or the … Continue readingThings that will not work – or will they?
In September 1983, in Mexico City, 17 year old Hortensia Aguilar gave birth to twins in secret and alone. Having hidden the pregnancy from her catholic family -who never educated her about sex-, with no support from a fly-by-night boyfriend … Continue readingPuritanic morality kills babies and girls