Birth: The Conspiracy to Stop the '94 Election

Birth: The Conspiracy to Stop the '94 Election

by Peter Harris
     
 

** Named one of the 'Best Reads' of 2010 by The Times! **

In the early 1990s South Africa was repetitively rocked by violent incidents that often threatened to derail the delicate peace process and negotiations for a new state. Among these was a right-wing conspiracy to ruin the 1994 election by staging a coup d’etat from the northwest of the country, aided

Overview

** Named one of the 'Best Reads' of 2010 by The Times! **

In the early 1990s South Africa was repetitively rocked by violent incidents that often threatened to derail the delicate peace process and negotiations for a new state. Among these was a right-wing conspiracy to ruin the 1994 election by staging a coup d’etat from the northwest of the country, aided by mutinous elements in the SA Defence Force. Harris relates grippingly how some of the biggest bombs in the country’s history were exploded in the then Transvaal, and, with moving sympathy, the desperate plight of the right-wingers in their pitiful invasion of the then homeland of Bobhuthatswana. But the biggest drama was perhaps the attempt to break into the electronic counting system of the election, for whose supervision Harris was responsible. Harris has one at the edge of one’s seat as he tells of the drama behind the scenes, eleventh-hour meetings with Mandela and de Klerk, the plans to make the results flow again, and of how closely the country steered away from disaster and ended giving itself a miracle result.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781415201022
Publisher:
Random House Struik
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

PETER HARRIS was born in Durban, South Africa, and was educated at Michaelhouse, Rhodes and Warwick University. After practicing law for 15 years, he was seconded to the National Peace Accord, and headed the Monitoring Directorate of South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission for the 1994 election. He consulted for the UN, and was Director of Programmes at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. In South Africa, he co-founded the Resolve Group Management Consultancy, and is its Executive Chairman. He is a board member of the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC). His book titled 'In a Different Time: The Inside Story of the Delmas Four' won the 2009 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and the South African Booksellers’ Choice Award.

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