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from SA join in Mugabe protest
Pienaar, The Star (SA)
June 18, 2007
South African writers
Zakes Mda and Ingrid de Kok have already added their names to a
worldwide reading appeal on September 9 to protest against the policies
of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. The appeal, launched by the
International Literature Festival Berlin in Germany, is to radio
stations and other media to broadcast readings of poems by leading
Zimbabwean poets and the foreword to a book on Gukurahundi, the
massacre of Ndebele dissidents and state actions against them from
1980 to 1988. Ulrich Schreiber, of the Peter Weiss Foundation, said:
"Through this reading, the International Literature Festival
Berlin would like to help draw attention to the situation in this
post-colonial country. This reality has been concealed long enough
- unfortunately also by members of the political class in South
Africa, which holds a special responsibility concerning this matter.
It also attacks the silence, caused by a false sense of solidarity,
which is one of the bases for Mugabe's power." Apart from radio
stations, schools, universities, theatres and other cultural institutions
in Africa and elsewhere will be asked to read Elinor Sisulu's foreword
to the book, Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe: A Report on the Disturbances
in Matabeleland and the Midlands 1980-1988. Sisulu said one of the
most painful aspects of the Gukurahundi massacres was the continuing
"wounds of silence".
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