I am a French woman who lived in Cape Town , South Africa, for a year in 1980.
I agree with the person who mentioned Nelso Mandela's "Long walk to freedom" as essential reading about South Africa.
I am currently reading " Anatomy of a Miracle", by Patti Waldmer, an American journalist who worked for the Financial Times, living in Africa for many years.
I had always wondered what negociation had gone behind the scenes to bring about the end of apartheid. I imagined that F de Klerk was a pragmatic man who recognized that the old regime could not continue, but in the 1990's I was always worried that something might happen, that his voters would get rid of him as head of the Nationalist Party, or perhaps a white extremist would kill him.
Patti Waldmeir shows that in fact F de Klerk was representing his voters, who no longer felt apartheid was necessary and were no longer willing to pay the cost.
What is also very interesting in this book is the many behind the scene negociations behind the ANC and de Klerk or his representatives, usually abroad, and what an astute negociator Thembo M'beki was . I had a very poor opinion of M'beki based on his stance on Aids/HIV, but there is more to the man than this. the book show him to be educated, subtle, and capable of negociating because of his aability to know his enemy-- then the Afrikaners.
I am also very much interested in South African current affairs, can anybody recommend good books on this topic, preferably written by South Africans?
I have read on a South African discussion forum that more and more people felt disappointed by the ANC, for example because of corruption.
Does anyone know about this?
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