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

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

Reading Zimbabwe


What a beautiful initiative. On my blog I pay attention to books about Zimbabwe. But what happens on this website? Those who have taken the initiative for this website want to give information on all books from Zimbabwe, not just literature, but all kinds of genre in the written word. Many thanks to Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Nontsikelelo Mutiti … Continue reading Reading Zimbabwe

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 Unpublished chapters, but public ones.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

Read an excerpt from Charles van Onselen’s The Cowboy Capitalist


The South African historian and writer Charles van Onselen has walked down history lane. He reached the days of the Jameson Raid, a pivotal event in the history of Southern Africa. Charles has focussed on the American John Hayes Hammond, a man with a close relationship with Cecil Rhodes and Jameson. He brought with him … Continue reading Read an excerpt from Charles van Onselen’s The Cowboy Capitalist

Listen to John Conyngham


Hazara? Yes, Hazara. It did not recognize the name so I did q quick and very short research into the name and I found myself in Afghanistan and surrounding countries. Did the South African John write about these people, called Hazara? Well, it could be, no need to stick to the familiar. Great to widen … Continue reading Listen to John Conyngham