Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth

Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth

Hardcover(New Edition)

$19.55 $26.00 Save 25% Current price is $19.55, Original price is $26. You Save 25%.


Many people, both in South Africa and abroad, hoped that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 1996 would uncover the hidden history of South Africa’s apartheid past. It is a widely propagated myth that it did so. In fact, most of the thirty-three-year mandate of the Commission was ignored. Behind a facade of time constraints and managerial short comings, some intended investigations never proceeded, others were bungled. Most importantly, no serious examination was made of the system that gave rise to some of the most horrific, racist social engineering of modern times.

Unfinished Business pulls back the curtain on the ‘political miracle’ of the new South Africa to reveal some of the real stories in its past: how the Afrikaner Broederbond operated, the murderous activities of the South African security forces in Transkei, the citation of De Klerk as a defendant in a civil action for murder at exactly the moment he was traveling to Oslo to collect a Nobel peace prize, and many others.

Seeking to probe where the Commission failed or feared to tread, this books asks how long South Africa’s miracle might be expected to last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859845455
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/04/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Terry Bell is a Cape Town-based freelance writer, columnist and editor who was banned and in exile from South Africa for twenty-seven years.

Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza now practices as an advocate in Cape Town and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and History at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxi
File 1A crime against humanity
1The paper Auschwitz9
2The roots of a crime19
3The nerve centre of apartheid27
4Genesis of the secret projects37
5The Vorster years55
6Botha, business and foreign friends74
7Operation Daisy83
8Special Branch larceny95
9Washington, Moscow or Stockholm104
File 2End of the apartheid road
1The model bantustan129
2The Cala connection142
3The trial of the 'Puflsa Five'157
4The killing of Bathandwa Ndondo168
5The forgotten people179
6Hit squad horrors192
7The North Crest massacre203
File 3From cul-de-sac to compromise
1Planning the bloodiest decade215
2Foreign influence and hidden repression222
3The nature of the beast228
4Reform, revolution and repression238
5The talking begins250
6The Namibian dress rehearsal262
7Serious talking begins272
8From the Berlin Wall to Codesa279
9The genesis of the TRC285
10A tale of three survivors299
11The poisonous past reaches into the TRC316
12Accusations and fightbacks325
13Vindication and afterthoughts338
14Endnote by Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza346
Notes on sources353
Select bibliography361

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews