'A timely, well-written and important book' The Economist 'I happened to be in South Africa when William Gumede's book first came out and watched as it inspired apoplectic fits of rage (and clandestine delight...) at the highest reaches of the ANC government. Finally the real story of how Thabo Mbeki had betrayed the founding principles of the Party was being told -- and the person shining the flashlight into the backrooms was one of the country's most respected investigative journalists and a third generation ANC loyalist. This is a definitive account of how one of the greatest liberation struggles of our time failed millions of people in whose name it fought, told with revelatory research, a cool head and expert storytelling'- Naomi Klein, author "No Logo"
About the Author
William Mervin Gumede is a columnist for the Sunday Independent, and he also does work for the Economist Intelligence Unit (London), BBC World Service (London), African Intelligence Newsletter (Paris) and Omvarlden (Stockholm). He was deputy editor of the Sowetan and senior editor at the Financial Mail. He has won several journalism awards, including the South African Courageous Journalism Award (1997), the FBJ's Excellence in Business Journalism Award (2001) and the Sanlam South African Excellence in Financial Journalism Award (2000). William was educated at the University of Utrecht, Wolfson College, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. He is a visiting research fellow at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at Wits, and is a former Clive Menell Fellow at Duke University, US.