Who Rules South Africa?
September 5, 2012 @ 19:00 - 21:00 BST
South Africa is a country poorly understood in the wider world. There are two main views of the country that persist in the international consciousness and which are often propagated by South Africans themselves. One view holds that after the end of apartheid South Africa’s problems were at an end. The other claims that a coterie of criminals is turning one of Africa’s few success stories into another Zimbabwe. Both are inaccurate...
This book provides a balanced look at the country and points to the real centres of power, which do not include its government. This extraordinary book is the true story of post-apartheid South Africa.
Martin Plaut is the Africa editor of the BBC World Service News and has been reporting on continent for more than 25 years. He has written widely on the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.
Paul Holden is a South African historian, researcher, writer, and resident of Hackney. He has published three books to date, including two critically acclaimed books on the South African ‘Arms Deal.’ Holden currently works alongside former ANC MP and whistleblower Andrew Feinstein investigating corruption in the global arms trade.
Andrew Feinstein is a former African National Congress MP who served in South Africa’s first democratic parliament. Feinstein resigned from Parliament after his efforts to investigate South Africa’s notorious ‘Arms Deal’ were blocked by party chiefs, which he discussed at length in his best-selling memoir, After the Party. In 2011, Feinstein published The Shadow World, the first in-depth study of the global arms trade in over thirty years. The book was a critical success, garnishing positive reviews in media outlets around the world. He is the co-founder of Corruption Watch, an NGO dedicated to investigating corruption around the world.