It took me quite some time to read this book. The amount of detailed knowledge of the author relating to the recent developments in South Africa is absolutely amazing, I would say it just overwhelms you. I often found it hard going trying to digest it all, particularly remembering all the names of the leading African actors.
The book basically centers on the period in which Thabo Mbeki occupied the presidency of post-apartheid South Africa. It makes you sad reading how one tried to turn the clocks backward in trying to make South Africa look more African. All in all, one gains the impression that South African whites have no future there. The book also dwells heavily on corruption and governmental inefficiencies, the growing crime problem and health issues such as the HIV problem. The presidency of Jacob Zuma is only touched very briefly at the end of the book. All in all, the book makes you sometimes feel very depressed, as little hope is offered for the future in South Africa.
I would recommend the book to anyone trying to be up to date on African developments, however, prepare yourselves for some depressing stories!
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