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After the party : corruption, the ANC and South Africa's uncertain future /
Andrew Feinstein.
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London ; New York : Verso, 2009.
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xvii, 301 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1844673561, 9781844673568
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imprint
London ; New York : Verso, 2009.
isbn
1844673561
9781844673568
catalogue key
6858002
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-03-16:
Former South African Member of Parliament Feinstein delivers a damning portrait of the African National Congress in this lacerating political memoir. The author, who won a seat in the provincial legislature in South Africa's first democratic elections, affectionately recounts the tenure of Nelson Mandela as president, reserving his criticism for Mandela's successor, Thabo Mbeki, whom he excoriates repeatedly-and sometimes repetitiously-for his denial of the country's AIDS crisis and failure to exert political pressure on Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. The book's central narrative hinges on an investigation into an arms deal that revealed the depth of corruption in the Mbeki-led ANC. The text follows the investigation and the changing fortunes of the ANC through Mbeki's resignation in September of 2008, concluding at a moment of uncertainty for the country and the party. The author occasionally digresses from his compelling history of South African politics to reflect on his own Jewish-African identity and his philosophical approach to government-influenced by the writings of Vaclav Havel. Charged with passionate conviction, this book is a deeply personal but far-reaching insider's account of a political party losing its way. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-05-15:
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.-Jenny Seftas, Southwest Florida Coll., Fort Myers (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This important and brave book illustrates the extent to which South Africa's multi-billion-dollar arms deal has undermined the rule of law, accountability and constitutionality in the country. It provides compelling evidence that 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 a transparent, accountable politics of principle that is needed in South Africa and so much of the world.
'oeA hard-hitting, searingly honest and indubitably courageous account of the author's personal and political journey into South Africa's post-apartheid parliament as a member of the African National Congress and his departure from it over the failure of the party leadership to support any parliamentary enquiry into a notoriously corrupt arms deal; it also leads the reader to the heart of South Africa's politics over the last decade. It is an indispensable read for anyone interested in understanding the challenges and dilemmas of contemporary South African politics.'
Gripping in its blow-by-blow account of how international arms companies corrupted South Africa's young democracy, and heartbreaking in its portrayal of an honest politician's attempt to keep his government clean, After the Party is an enthralling read.
'oeThis important and brave book illustrates the extent to which South Africa's multi-billion-dollar arms deal has undermined the rule of law, accountability and constitutionality in the country. It provides compelling evidence that 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 a transparent, accountable politics of principle that is needed in South Africa and so much of the world.'
'oeAnyone wishing to understand what has happened to the South African dream must read this book. Enthralling and lucid, it shows how the political successors of Nelson Mandela lost their way and South Africa lost the moral high ground. An eyewitness account of the colourful court of President Thabo Mbeki, this authoritative memoir reveals and explains while remaining balanced and fair in its judgements.'
'oeAs this book makes clear, every budding African democracy would benefit from a plethora of Andrew Feinsteins. Principled, anguished and sincere, he is the kind of man who cannot help doggedly holding power to account.'
'oeGripping in its blow-by-blow account of how international arms companies corrupted South Africa's young democracy, and heartbreaking in its portrayal of an honest politician's attempt to keep his government clean, After the Party is an enthralling read.'
As this book makes clear, every budding African democracy would benefit from a plethora of Andrew Feinsteins. Principled, anguished and sincere, he is the kind of man who cannot help doggedly holding power to account.
A hard-hitting, searingly honest and indubitably courageous account of the author's personal and political journey into South Africa's post-apartheid parliament as a member of the African National Congress and his departure from it over the failure of the party leadership to support any parliamentary enquiry into a notoriously corrupt arms deal; it also leads the reader to the heart of South Africa's politics over the last decade. It is an indispensable read for anyone interested in understanding the challenges and dilemmas of contemporary South African politics.
Anyone wishing to understand what has happened to the South African dream must read this book. Enthralling and lucid, it shows how the political successors of Nelson Mandela lost their way and South Africa lost the moral high ground. An eyewitness account of the colourful court of President Thabo Mbeki, this authoritative memoir reveals and explains while remaining balanced and fair in its judgements.
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This title provides the first insider's expose of the African National Congress.
Main Description
The first insider's exposé of the African National Congress. Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC member of parliament, recounts how Mandela's successor Thabo Mbeki repressed debate within the party, imposed his AIDS denialism on government, refused to criticize Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe and stopped an investigation of a £5 billion arms deal that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption. Feinstein shows how this infamous deal epitomizes all that is rotten at the heart of the ANC. Investigating the payment of up to $200 million worth of bribes, he reveals a web of concealment and corruption involving senior politicians and officials, and figures at the very highest level of South African politics. With an insider's account of the events surrounding the contentious trial of South Africa's colorful deputy president, Jacob Zuma, and the ongoing tragedy in Zimbabwe, After the Party is the most important book on South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Main Description
The first-ever insiders expose of the African National Congress, After the Party details the inner workings of the party that has ruled South Africa since 1994. As the ANC heads toward the 2009 national elections, Andrew Feinstein, a respected media commentator and former ANC member, reveals an organization rife with high-level corruption and inner turmoil. Feinstein lays out compelling, meticulously-presented evidence of party leader Jacob Zuma's involvement in a multibillion-dollar arms deal for which Zuma faces trial in August this year estimating bribes and kickbacks associated with the deal totaling over $200 million. Feinstein, who has spent years investigating the ANC, also details the rivalries between Zuma and South African president Thabo Mbeki, Mbeki's role in the fraudulent arms deal, and the ongoing tragedy in Zimbabwe. The definitive book on the state of the ANC and the future of South African politics, After the Party tells the story behind the power struggles currently keeping South Africa in the news.
Main Description
After the Party is the explosive story of the power struggles dominating South African politics and a crucial analysis of the ANC's record in power. Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC member of parliament, recounts how Mandela's successor Thabo Mbeki repressed debate within the party, imposed his AIDS denialism on government, refused to criticize Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe and stopped an investigation of a multi-billion-dollar arms deal that was tainted by allegations of high-level graft. Feinstein shows how this infamous deal epitomises all that is rotten at the heart of the ANC. Investigating the payment of up to $200 million worth of bribes, he reveals a web of concealment and corruption involving senior politicians and officials, and figures at the very highest level of South African politics.With an insider's account of the events surrounding the contentious trial of South Africa's colourful President, Jacob Zuma, and the ongoing tragedy in Zimbabwe, After the Party has been acclaimed as the most important book on South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Main Description
After the Party is the explosive story of the power struggles dominating South African politics and a crucial analysis of the ANC's record in power. Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC member of parliament, recounts how Mandela's successor Thabo Mbeki repressed debate within the party, imposed his AIDS denialism on government, refused to criticize Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe and stopped an investigation of a multi-billion-dollar arms deal that was tainted by allegations of high-level graft. Feinstein shows how this infamous deal epitomises all that is rotten at the heart of the ANC. Investigating the payment of up to $200 million worth of bribes, he reveals a web of concealment and corruption involving senior politicians and officials, and figures at the very highest level of South African politics. With an insider's account of the events surrounding the contentious trial of South Africa's colourful President, Jacob Zuma, and the ongoing tragedy in Zimbabwe, After the Party has been acclaimed as the most important book on South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Early Politics
A Dry White Seasonp. 7
Stirrings of Changep. 12
Towards the New Jerusalemp. 15
Inspirational Politics
Let Freedom Reignp. 23
Place of Goldp. 30
A Window on the Worldp. 45
Cape Town Callingp. 57
Identity Politics
An African Arisesp. 73
On Being Jewishp. 83
Home at Last?p. 91
Politics As Normal
Comrade Bob and 'the dogs and pigs'p. 103
Dying of Politicsp. 111
A Story that Had To Be Toldp. 138
Hard-wired for Corruptionp. 183
After the Partyp. 209
Separation Politics
The Fall of the Mightyp. 229
Presidential Trialsp. 248
The Story that Won't Go Awayp. 258
A Politics of Hope
An Unfinished Housep. 271
Speak Truth to Powerp. 277
Notesp. 281
Selected Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 295
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