Category: Eyewitness

Butchery in Bucha. An eye-opening trip there with an aid worker.

11 May 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive from Bucha, Ukraine. Oleksii Tolkachov, 39, is delivering aid to people without food, electricity and heating in Bucha and Irpin, the until-recently Russian-occupied satellite towns north of Kyiv.  They are both now ignominious worldwide symbols of the invaders’ ruthless destruction.   Before we drive in, we pull up at the first of several destroyed tanks.   […]

Motor-bike rider, sports fanatic, life-saver, frustrated father, Nobel Peace Prize-winner. Dead at 90, but larger than life, says Archbishop Tutu’s only son.

2 February 2022 By Paul Martin

Exclusive: By Paul Martin in Cape Town. Trevor Tutu, the only son of anti-apartheid legend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has spoken of his dad’s amazing life – including how the future world icon took his son an England world cup match on the back of a scooter! In an emotional wide-ranging interview Trevor Tutu spoke to […]

Exclusive: Cricket supremo throws out a challenge to England, after South Africa topple the world’s top-ranked Test team, India.

14 January 2022 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. South Africa’s director of cricket, former captain Graeme Smith, has warned England his country’s Test team will be even better by the time they take on England in England during July and August. South Africa are fresh from a stunning series victory against the world’s top-ranked […]

Controversial leg-before-wicket reversal raises issues about modern cricket technology. And about whether some modern cricket-players are whingers.

14 January 2022 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. India’s impending Test series defeat against South Africa here was preceded by an astonishing Indian display of how to be bad losers. At 60 runs for one wicket, dismissing the gritty South African opening batsman and captain Dean Elgar was a huge imperative for a hardpressed […]

The ghosts of apartheid’s bloody past. The murder in 1993 of a top South African nearly led to the collapse of crucial talks and a descent into civil war. The murderer may soon be released.

1 January 2022 By Paul Martin

Gaye Derby-Lewis, in an exclusive interview with Correspondent.World, insisted her husband was not a murderer, as he never gave a final order to kill. Clive Derby-Lewis died from cancer in 2016 while on parole after a commuted death sentence and 20 years imprisonment. But a Polish immigrant who pulled the trigger and killed top ANC […]

Exclusive: Archbishop Tutu’s son on his own, and his father’s, and his family’s strengths and failings… and what his father has taught him about life, cricket, and forgiveness.

31 December 2021 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s only son has revealed how the most respected and admired clergyman in South African history had to battle with rifts in his own family — and sometimes with his own explosive temper. “I want people to see my dad as a human being with human frailties — not just […]

Nelson Mandela knew that to succeed you sometimes need to climb down. The South African leader’s first press conference reminded us of the need to compromise in politics.

4 November 2021 By Paul Martin

The 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release reminds us of the need to compromise in politics | The Independent | It was a balmy afternoon on Nelson Mandela’s day of liberation, February 11, 1990. I rolled down the back window and stretched out an arm to have my hand slapped again and again by exuberant […]