n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - A tribute to H.W. van der Merwe : peace builder, colleague, and friend

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


I met H.W. (as he was always called - sounding like 'Harvey' in English) in 1972 when I travelled from the university in Port Elizabeth to attend a three-day meeting organised by Dr Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert and a few other people including the Sonn brothers, Julian and Franklin (of whom Franklin later became our first post-1994 ambassador to Washington), to create the opportunity for progressive young (white) Afrikaners to meet and discuss issues with leaders of the so-called Coloured (brown) community.

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