About the book:
South Africa remains a deeply unequal society battling the legacy of apartheid and the persistence of corrupt networks that seek to ‘capture’ its democratically elected leaders. As Hennie van Vuuren of Open Secrets argues, in the absence of accountability, corrupt networks of the past stay in business. Rather than face justice, they invite members of the new elite to the table.
In over 600 pages, this meticulously researched book finally lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes, weaving together a treasure trove of newly declassified documents and eyewitness accounts. This is an exposé of the machinery created in defence of apartheid and in support of sanctions busting and the people who profited: heads of states, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups. In creating the apartheid arms money machine they were complicit in a crime against humanity. Whistleblowers were assassinated and ordinary people suffered. Finally, this network of profit is revealed.
In forging its future, a new generation of South Africans need to grapple with the baffling silence regarding apartheid-era economic crime and ask difficult questions of those who profited from it. This book provides the evidence and the motivation to do so.
What others say:
“When secretive evil deeds are covered in darkness they prosper. This work shines a light, revealing many uncomfortable truths.”
~ Thuli Madonsela, Former Public Protector
“A brilliant urgent account of our history”
~ Redi Thlabi, author of Endings and Beginnings
“This important book seeks to uncover one of the key secrets of the last decades of the apartheid era. [It’s] a timely reminder that the founding values of our new Constitution are key to building a democracy.”
~ Justice Kate O’Regan, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
“van Vuuren shows that the struggle against corruption is indeed a human rights struggle and that, as we know from South Africa’s own history, it can be won. But it must be fought for.”
~ Jacob Dlamini, author of Askari
“In this brilliant, revelatory book van Vuuren forensically reveals the systemic corruption of apartheid and the collusion between the state, local and foreign businesses and governments at its core. This dark chapter in our history is essential to understand and progress beyond the current spiral of corruption, collusion and state capture that bedevils our young democracy. This is a crucial book at a vital time in our history. It is a must read!”
~ Andrew Feinstein, fromer ANC MP, author of The Shadow World
This book is accompanied by a series of graphics, the treasure maps that help explain much of the content of the book. They were designed by Gaelen Pinnock of Scarlet Studio.
Please note that the graphics are not available in the Kindle version and can be accessed here for ease of reference. Kindly attribute the publication if posted elsewhere.
- The Tale of Profit in Numbers
- An Atlas of Apartheid Allies
- Oiling Apartheid
- The Secret State
- The Arms Money Machine
- The Paris Arms Bazaar
- Behind the Iron Curtain
- The American Dream
- The United Kingdom
- On the Silk Road
- Proxies, Players and Pariahs
- The Tale of Profit Timeline
- The Long Shadow in Numbers
- ZIP File of all the graphics