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‘It was a fight to survi

Publish date: 15 May 2017
Issue Number: 725
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

‘It was a fight to survive. I knew that if I succumbed, they would kill me and rape my wife and children...I just had to protect them.’

– Chris Holtzhausen who is accused of attempted murder and murder after killing an intruder at his home in North West, South Africa


‘While many people in (northern Uganda) reviled Kony for the atrocities he ordered, they were also subject to repression and abuses by (Ugandan) President Museveni's security forces. Kony survived in part because there was often a deep-seated ambiguity in attitudes toward his movement among his own people, even though they were his principal victims.’

– Analyst Matthew Green on Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony who has evaded capture for decades


‘People are fed up, they are quite unhappy with the (President Jacob) Zuma leadership and the idea that Nkosazana (Dlamini-Zuma) might be his proxy. (Cyril) Ramaphosa is benefiting from that disillusionment. Zuma is not done yet with his scandals. He is a gift that keeps on giving.’

– Mcebisi Ndletyana, an associate professor of political science at the University of Johannesburg


'We cannot choose a path of racism, whether it's white racism or black racism, they are all racism, and therefore we cannot choose any of those paths. We know what white racism can do, we know what black racism can do, they are equally evil.'

– Mathews Phosa, former treasurer of South Africa's governing African National Congress