More than just an object


These days the southern African country Namibia seems to be known for its shifting sand dunes. Shifting sands and shifting colours. Till just over a century ago Namibia was a German colony (1884 – 1915), carrying the name Deutsch-Südwestafrika.  One of the colonial officers was Heinrich Ernst Göring (a son of him rose to fame in … Continue reading More than just an object

Regional and Grassroots Justice in Africa: Hissène Habré and Beyond


It is an uphill struggle to bring African leaders to justice. Many escape the continent, others stay put, others rob the national treasury, others put pressure on the media to keep silent. What happened in Chad is special. The former dictator Hissène Habré was brought to court for his years in absolute power. The journalist Celeste … Continue reading Regional and Grassroots Justice in Africa: Hissène Habré and Beyond

New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths


The past is not over. It has not passed away. It is still present in many ways. The Dutch investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink, who lived for many years in South Africa, has written a book on the death of three anti-apartheid activists. The names are Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. The content of … Continue reading New light on anti-apartheid activists’ deaths

Scheepsramp ss Mendi in Nederland herdacht


This an interesting background article to the novel ‘Dancing the Death Drill’ by the South African writer Fred Khumalo. During the first world war the African continent was heavily involved in this war that was mainly fought on the European continent.  A British steamship Mendi brought troops from South Africa to England and the intention … Continue reading Scheepsramp ss Mendi in Nederland herdacht

South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma


The story unfolds and unfolds. The writer and journalist and cook Jacques Pauw wrote a book on the life of the people who are supporting president Jacob Zuma, president of the Republic of South Africa. South African politics and police are writing new chapters to this book. Unpublished chapters, but public ones. It seems that … Continue reading South African police summon author of book critical of Zuma

Review of YAMBUKU


Yambuku. Days may have passed that you did not travel to Yambuku. A small place in a hidden corner of the immense country of Congo or Zaïre. There is a small settlement of missionaries from Belgium. They started their work in 1935 and the settlement has grown since. Nuns came from Belgium and settled there … Continue reading Review of YAMBUKU