n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Tributes to H.W. van der Merwe
Hendrik W. van der Merwe (1929-2001)

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


Hendrik W. van der Merwe (H.W.) died March 5, 2001. He was born June 24, 1929, in rural South Africa, about 130 miles east of Cape Town and he died on his farm near his birthplace. But he had travelled far in his life and helped bring his country with him. In the Foreword to his memoir, , Nelson Mandela wrote about H.W.'s 'long journey from a rural conservative and Calvinist environment as an Afrikaner farm boy to the cosmopolitan, multicultural rainbow nation of the new South Africa'. Mandela continued, 'These memoirs tell the story of the gradual development of a Calvinist dissident to an anti-apartheid activist and a Quaker peacemaker whose religious commitment and academic insights enabled him to reach out to all sides of the conflict in South Africa'.

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