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With my head above the parapet: An insider account of the ANC in power

With my head above the parapet: An insider account of the ANC in power (Paperback)

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I have been "in the struggle" for 69 years. I have worked with most of the top leaders of the ANC and its Alliance partners and grew in experience and stature in their company. Maverick MP sets out to describe and analyse the years in power, the achievements and the failures. It is now necessary to be objective as possible about the present condition of the ANC and its government, admitting the layer of uneasiness that is tangible everywhere, which lies like a haze over the body politic, threatening its future. There is a pervasive sense of disappointment with the character of the ANC today, its loss of direction and the slippage from its historical mission. That mission I have always understood to be to liberate the masses from poverty, discrimination and exploitation, and to win for them basic rights, human dignity and a measure of control over their own lives. 'This book will search for the sources of the decline and record my experience as a participant. I write as an insider, but not so deeply embedded as to need to be defensive. So this is no lament about what might have been, nor is it written in bitterness.

I do not feel, as some who were participants, that my lifelong commitment has been betrayed. Rather, I want to stand back and try to work out what has gone wrong and why.'

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical parties Publisher: Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd Publication Date: 09/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9781431410415  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ben Turok is a former anti-apartheid activist and current South African member of parliament and a member of the African National Congress. This veteran ANC MP broke party ranks and did not vote for the controversial Protection of Information Bill, or the Secrecy Bill, in November 2011. He was reprimanded by the party. In 2013 he was head of the parliamentary ethics committee that investigated the cabinet minister Dina Pule and found her guilty on charges of corruption. At the age of 85 he still works full-time as an MP.

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