Cyril Ramaphosa is one of the most popular political figures in South Africa, admired both within the ANC and outside. He came to prominence as the general secretary of the mineworkers' union in the 1980s and then as secretary general of the ANC after its unbanning. He is widely credited with playing a major role in the negotiations that led to the democratic settlement in South Africa and in devising South Africa's constitution. But after he failed to secure nomination as Deputy President, he left politics and became a successful businessman.
This commanding biography tells the story of his life so far. Based on rich interviews with many of the subject's friends and contemporaries, it marries the historical context and the individual life in a way that brings Ramaphosa fully alive. It is a book that offers fresh insights, astute judgements and, above all, a deep sensitivity and understanding of how complex a life is.
ANTHONY BUTLER is Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town
US & Canada: Ohio University Press
Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana): Jacana
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About the Author
Anthony Butler is a professor of public policy at the University of Cape Town and a columnist for Business Day. He is a former fellow of Emmanuel CollegeCambridge and a former director of the policy and administration program at the University of LondonBirkbeck.