Quote of the week

This is a book of desire denied, of what the pain of that impotence drives people to do, and how it makes them unwilling contortionists and even co-conspirators in their oppression. From ‘The Transformation of Harry’: “And there we all were; in an uncertain country, ourselves uncertain. A land with a sly heart; and ourselves ready to be deceived.” For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening. First published in 1978, The House of Hunger speaks, or rather shouts, forward from its own time to 2017. Perhaps the most painful parts of the book to read are those that show how little has changed in thirty-nine years. For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening.

Efemia Chela
On The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
23 July 2007

"Juan Duval Uys" finally arrested

Sometimes the wheels of justice grinds slowly, but it is heartening to read that Juan Duval Uys, the alleged mastermind behind a controversial anti-crime website and a slanderous male prostitute blog in which he “outed” a number of prominent South African men, was arrested at his mother’s house in Kroonstad on Saturday.

He was a creature of his fax machine and lazy journalists who never checked any of the outlandish claims he regularly made until he finally went too far by claiming that members of his non-existent Gay and Lesbian Alliance were going to donate blood and give false information about their sexual histories and orientation.

He did many stupid and bad things but he would not have been able to do it all and get the attention he so obviously craves, if he was not enabled by the media. Despite warnings from many of us, they kept quoting him as if there really was a Gay and Lesbian Alliance and as if he was credible person. Quoting Uys was like quoting Max the Gorilla – highly entertaining and good for circulation but with no relation to reality.

It makes one wonder about all the stories that appear in the papers regarding the ANC succession race and the alleged conspiracies on all sides. It seems if one has a contact at the newspaper one could get almost anything published no matter how preposterous or untrue.

UPDATE: Die Volksblad reports that Juan Duval Uys is really Lodewikus Uys later called Ludi Uys and that he might be connected with a murder committed in Kroonstad in 1993. Lodewikus just does not have the same right to it as all the aliases Mr. Uys came up with.

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