WTF is renowned cartoonist Zapiro's account of the Zuma years in 400 brilliant cartoons and the stories behind them.
Zapiro;s showerhead - first drawn on Jacob Zuma in 2006 - has become an iconic symbol. Zuma served Zapiro with two lawsuits, totalling R22m, claiming the cartoons had invaded his dignity. And there were many other occasions when Zapiri not only drew the story, he became the story.
Zapiro is uniquely positioned to reflect the serious craziness and the crazy seriousness of this bewildering time in our history.
Nelson Mandela is still widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Here, after a lifetime of putting pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he opens his personal archive, which offers an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.
Conversations with Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure: from letters written in the darkest hours of Mandela's twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom. In these pages he is neither an icon nor a saint; here he is like you and me. An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience to his galvanising role on the world stage, Conversations with Myself is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear, private.
This book tells the story of the ANC Youth League from its origins in the 1940s to controversies of the Malema era. It analyses the ideology and tactics of its founders, some of whom (notably Mandela and Tambo) later became iconic figures in South African history. It also shows how the early Youth League gave birth not only to the modernANC but also to its rival, the Pan Africanist Congress.
Dormant for many years, the Youth League re-emerged in the transition era under the leadrship of Peter Mokaba - infused with the tradition of the militant youth politiics of the 1980s. Throughout its history the Youth League has tried to 'dynamise' and criticise the ANC from within, while remaining devoted to, and dependent on, the mother body.
This book explains why the assassination of Chris Hani, general secretary of the SACP, in 1993 had a decisive influence on the transition to democracy in South Africa. It traces his rural roots in the Transkei, his introduction to religious and politics at school and university, and his recruitment to the ANC, SACP and MK. Emphasising his physical and moral courage, his interest in people and his leadership skills, it examines his military role in the Wankie Campaign, his critical reaction in its aftermath, and the part he played in the organisation of civil society and the underground from Lesotho. It also looks at his later role as political commissar and chief of staff of MK, and as a leader of the ANC and the SACP in the transition. It concludes with an analysis of his vision f a new South Africa.
More than twenty years have passed since the first sittings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the present moment provides a suitable occasion to look back on the achievements, and the shortcomings of the Commission's work. Even at the time of its existence, the TRC came in for criticism from a variety of quarters: both President Mbeki and ex-President F.W de Klerk took legal action to challenge or prevent the publication of the Commission's report. But the Commission also fulfilled a vital and important role in the transition from apartheid to democracy, and it has become a model for other countries wishing to undertake similar journeys to deal with past atrocities and come to some kind of national resolution, reconciliation or closure.
Thabo Mbeki is the most important African political figure of his generation and the dominant figure in South African politics for 14 years. A pan-African philosopher-king who spent two decades in exile, as a president of Africa's most industrialised state, he set out a sweeping vision of an African Renaissance. As a key liberation leader in exile, Mbeki was instrumental in his party's anti-apartheid struggle. During the South African transition, he helped build one of the world's most respected constitutional democracies. As president, despite some successes, he was unable to overcome South Africa's inherited socio-economic challenges and his disastrous AIDS policies will remain a major blemish. He will, however, be remembered more as a foreign policy president for his peacemaking efforts in Africa and building of continental institutions such as AU and NEPAD. This book seeks to rescue Mbeki from South African parochialism and to restore him to the pan-African pantheon.