27.03.18 | Book launch Incorruptible. The ​s​tory of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

Events / By ZAM Reporter

After thirty years Evelyn Groenink's impressive research into the murders of three freedom fighters – Dulcie September, ANC representative (killed in Paris in 1988); Anton Lubowski, SWAPO leader (killed in Windhoek in 1989) and ANC leader Chris Hani (killed in Johannesburg in 1993) has finally been published in South Africa.

The successful launch of 'Incorruptible,' on 4 March -there were excerpts and news stories and book presentations in South Africa’s major cities; thousands of copies were pre-ordered by bookstores- represents the belated recognition of an inconvenient truth. September, Lubowski and Hani were not simply the victims of a 'dirty war' by Apartheid forces in and outside the country. The three revolutionaries stood in the way of (arms trade) mafia's who had infiltrated their own liberation movements. They were 'incorruptible.' That the book’s findings were inconvenient became clear already in 2005, when physical and legal threats stopped the intended South African publication of Groenink’s book by Jacana. It would take thirteen more years before the rise of an impressive movement against corruption and 'state capture' under former president Jacob Zuma would encourage Groenink to publish the book herself.

The timing of the publication in 2018 is also an homage to Dulcie September, who was killed exactly 30 years ago on 29 March 1988. It was her assassination, and the questions it raised around arms deals and the corruption of strata of her own movement, that led Groenink to investigate more killings – and to the discovery of similar patterns. Pravin Gordhan, recently re-instated as a minister in new President Ramaphosa's government, writes in a preface to Groenink's book: “We see the same division and dynamics between right and wrong today. This book should be read so that we can, once again, be inspired by the lives and sacrifices of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani and unite in a new national momentum to renew our commitment to a truly democratic, non-racial, non-sexist South Africa.” You are kindly invited to attend the Dutch launch of 'Incorruptible'. Evelyn Groenink will be present and share her experiences with regard to the investigation, the publication and the South African responses to the book so far.

Date: Tuesday 27 March, 2018
Venue: ZAM Studio, Tussen de Bogen 66, Amsterdam
Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

The book is available at the launch. You can also order at Amazon.

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Evelyn Groenink is ZAM's Investigations Editor. In 2013, she published “Dulcie, Hani and Lubowski. A story that could not be told” in ZAM. In 2015, Evelyn Groenink published an essay on the Hani killing.

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The book launch is part of ZAM's Mandela100 Programme