South Africa’s Watergate – widespread corruption at the highest levels of the ANC.
“For those contemplating a first journey into the murky world of South African politics, there can be few better guides than Andrew Feinstein. This book by the lawyerly figure who would come to be known as the ANC’s ‘Mr Clean’ ... charts a giddy ascent from political newcomer to euphoric MP and on to disillusioned critic and exile.”—Independent
“With wrenching anger and painstaking care, Feinstein’s new book describes how graft has infected [South Africa’s] new establishment.”—The Economist
“Essential reading.”—Financial Times
“A searing close-up portrait of the corrupting force of power.”—The Los Angeles Times
“This important and brave book illustrates the extent to which South Africa’s multibillion-dollar arms deal has undermined the rule of law, accountability and constitutionality in the country. It provides compelling evidence the corruption linked to the deal and the mishandling of the AIDS pandemic marked the point at which our young democracy lost its moral compass. It also speaks to the virtues of transparent, accountable politics of principle that is needed in South Africa and so much of the world.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Feinstein, a former member of parliament for the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party since 1994, and a frequent political commentator, delivers a detailed and very personal account of the key groups and players inside (and outside) the ANC in the fight against apartheid and for democratic elections in South Africa. Both memoir and historical account, this book is a challenging read in the best meaning of the phrase, inviting readers to look at a very difficult topic through the experiences of a man who was there. While Feinstein's descriptions of poverty, segregation, and racism will be familiar, American readers might just learn something about the concept of apartheid and its effect on South Africa and its diverse population. Feinstein, himself a Caucasian Jew, tells of not voting in any election (even though he had the right) until 1994, when voting was integrated and Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president. The book focuses on the time from Mandela's election to the ANC's splintering, the author's resignation from the party, and his emigration to London. With notes and a very helpful list of abbreviations; readers with some knowledge of South Africa will especially appreciate this book.
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