A Simple Man: KASRILS and the ZUMA ENIGMA

A Simple Man: KASRILS and the ZUMA ENIGMA

by Ronnie Kasrils


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Ronnie Kasrils’s insights into Jacob Zuma, both shocking and revelatory, are vividly illuminated through this story—from their shared history in the underground to Kasrils’s time as minister of intelligence and his views on South Africa now. This fast-paced, thriller-style memoir outlines the tumultuous years that saw Mbeki’s overthrow and replacement by Zuma, Nkandlagate, the growing militarization of the police and the Marikana Massacre, the outrageous appointment of flunkies to high office, the "state capture" report and his relationship with the Guptas. We relive the Schabir Shaik corruption trial, Kasrils’s relationship with Fezeka Kuzwayo (Khwezi), Zuma’s rape trial accuser, the email and spy tapes saga, conspiracy, and betrayal. While Kasrils explains the enigmatic contradictions of Jacob Zuma, he also explains that corruption and the abuse of power did not begin with him. His story points to the compromised negotiations of the 1990s, which he refers to as a "Faustian Pact." This is a story told from the inside, exploring the many machinations of power and how one man’s struggle for the truth can have such an impact on the political outcomes of a nation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781431425778
Publisher: Jacana Media
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ronnie Kasrils is author of the bestselling memoir Armed and Dangerous, which has been translated into German, Russian, and Spanish, and the Alan Paton Award-winning The Unlikely Secret Agent, which has been translated into French. A commander in Umkhonto weSizwe from its inception in 1961 until 1990, he served in government from 1994 to his resignation as minister for intelligence in 2008.

Table of Contents

Foreword Victoria Brittain ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

Prologue: Crossing the Border xx

Part 1 President and Deputy

1 Update 3

2 Spooks 8

3 A Suitable Man 15

4 A Long Shadow 20

5 Working-Class Hero 25

6 A Question of Morality 29

Part 2 A Tangled Web

7 Wolf Boys 39

8 A Long Night 44

9 On Billy's Trail 55

10 The Plot Thickens 63

11 Services Day 67

12 Knocked Down by a Feather 70

13 Connecting the Dots 80

14 Emails Unlocked 85

15 Hook, Line and Sinker 92

16 In Cold Blood 98

Part 3 Ordeal

17 Call from Fezeka 105

18 Kanga Man 112

Part 4 Cry 'havoc!'

19 The Dogs of War 123

20 Polokwane Tsunami 126

21 Exit Mbeki 138

22 Fake News 146

Part 5 Spy Tapes

23 Intercepts 151

24 Mastermind 161

25 Complaint 165

26 Unprecedented Apology 172

27 Informant Unmasked 174

28 Of Spooks, Mules and Moles 178

Part 6 Saying No!

29 Sidikiwe 189

30 Kebby's Comeuppance 198

31 Girl in a Green Scarf 203

Part 7 Faustian Pact

32 The Corridors to Corruption 215

33 Faust and Mephistopheles 223

34 Flight of the Flamingos 228

35 Sleepwalking into the Future 235

36 A People's Pact 241

Glossary 248

Notes 256

Index 270

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