Thursday, June 14, 2012

Who rules South Africa?

Who Rules South Africa? is the title of a new book by authors Martin Plaut and Paul Holden. The book was recently launched at the Troyeville Hotel in Johannesburg,  on 12 June 2012. Another launch is scheduled for Cape Town on Friday, 15 June 2012, at Kalk Bay Books – (more details here).

The authors argue that power does not reside in traditional institutions such as Parliament or even the Cabinet. Rather, power lies within the ANC-led Alliance which, with no founding document and no written constitution, is an unstructured and mutable political hydra with business and criminal elements in close attendance. It is the interaction between these forces which is the real story behind post-apartheid South Africa. In a country where poverty is rampant and institutions are weak, the battle for power is set to intensify. Plaut and Holden unravel how we have reached such a pass in South Africa. What are the origins of the Alliance and will it survive the current power struggles? Who are the forces – some shadowy, some criminal – that operate within or alongside the Alliance? Most importantly, they seek to answer the burning question of whether South Africa is destined for the dysfunctional – another of Africa’s tragedies – or whether there is still the promise of growth and a stable democracy.

Paul Holden is the author of The Arms Deal in Your Pocket and The devil in the detail. Martin Plaut is the BBC's Africa editor.

Their new publication can be ordered through

Book Details:
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
ISBN: 9781868424252
Publication date: May 2012
Pages: 280

PS: A different version of the book, published by Biteback and due for release in August 2012 can be pre-ordered through


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Who rules South Africa? - stupid question. We all know by now it is the same crowd who rules the rest of the world, and that is definitely not the ANC.
They not just rule us but also own us through our endless debt.
"Give me control of a country's money and I care not who makes it's laws". - Nathan Rothschild.

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