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Wednesday, 1st February, will mark the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro at St Joseph’s College, Kgale, Gaborone by the Apartheid South African government and its associates. Tiro was a teacher at St Joseph’s at the time of his assassination. He received a letter brought to him by a student known only as Lawrence which indicated that it was from the International University Exchange Fund (IUEF) in Geneva. It exploded when he opened it killing him instantly. Complicit

At the time Tiro was killed, a Bureau of State Security (BOSS) agent who had infiltrated the ANC, Craig Williamson was working for IUEF. When Inside Boss by Gordon Winter was about to be published in 1981, Craig Williamson who was in Europe, probably in Switzerland where the IUEF was headquartered, ran back to South Africa. Because there is no statute of limitations in murder cases, I…

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Coloniality, Cold War Politics and the agitation for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

Mukoni Ratshitanga


NOTE: I first wrote the article below on Sunday June 14 following the South Gauteng High Court’s interim order to the Department of Home Affairs preventing Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving South Africa pending consideration by the courts of an application for his arrest brought by a nongovernmental organisation. I have updated the article in view of developments since June the 14th. The thrust of the argument presented earlier remains the same though it is elaborated in some areas.


Coloniality, Cold War Politics and the agitation for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

By Mukoni Ratshitanga

Not since the International Criminal Court issued an indictment for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in March 2009 has the world witnessed such intense and concentrated global media reporting and commentary on the issue as in the hours after 14h00 South African time on Sunday June 14.

This followed a South African high…

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