Tuesday 28 April 2015

DWG on the 2008 Pogroms - and my new take on the problem as terrorism & genocide

In Drinking with Ghosts, I wrote about visiting Atteridgeville, Tembisa, Jeppestown and Soweto, in September 2009 to revisit the causes and aftermath of the 2008 Pogroms. At Madelakufa, I interviewed Mozambican Paul Nhanguva, 40, who said: "I am not afraid... If [the attackers] knew what they are doing to their own future, they won’t do it again. I have lived through two wars [in Mozambique] and can go without food for five days, but they have never seen war. They are like children playing with matches – and they will burn their own house down!” Last week, The Star ran my op-ed on my argument that the current attacks should be treated by the police as terrorism under the 2004 Terrorism Act, and prosecuted as intent to commit genocide under the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide:http://www.pressreader.com/…/20150…/283334700826459/TextView

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