Incisive, impetuous,impertinent: Rian Malan is the kind of literary animal – or should we say beast? – whose fierceness only matches his sense of the narration. In Resident Alien, his collection of 27 articles, Malan provides a book that is evidently provocative but engaging enough to be recommended to anybody willing to approach contemporary South Africa in oblique and often hilarious ways.
The Resolution of African Conflicts: The Management of Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (edited by Alfred Nhema and Paul Tiyambe Zeleza)
Despite the fact that Africa has had its share of conflicts in the last decade, there has been a general trend towards greater democracy and better governance. As recent events in the Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, and currently in Libya show, however, the potential for further conflict remains very much a part of Africa’s reality. For Alfred Nhema and Paul Zeleza, both respected African scholars, understanding why conflicts in Africa occur is essential to their resolution and prevention.
Not everyone involved in the struggle against apartheid came from the Mandela, Sisulu or Tambo political dynasties. And most certainly, not everyone had a chance at the same privileges.
But had it not been for backroom boys like old communist John Edward Matthews, who succumbed to cancer in his 85th year, the wheels of the struggle would not have turned as smoothly.