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9781776096374

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa
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If you paid even a moment's attention during high-school history lessons, you probably know that 1910 brought about the Union of South Africa, that the 1948 general election ushered in apartheid, and that the Rainbow Nation was born when Madiba triumphed in the country's first democratic elections in 1994.
Spoilt Ballots dishes the dirt on these pivotal events in our history. But it also sheds light on a dozen lesser known contests, starting with the assassination of King Shaka in 1828 and ending with the anointing of President Cyril at Nasrec in 2017.
Spoilt Ballots is as much about the people who voted in some of our most decisive elections as it is about those who didn't get to make their mark. It explains why a black man in the Cape had more political rights in 1854 than at any other point in the ensuing 140 years and how the enfranchisement of women in 1930 was actually a step back for democracy.
The book will leave you wondering if Oom Paul Kruger's seriously dicey win in the 1893 ZAR election might have paved the way for the Boer War and whether 'Slim Jannie' Smuts really was that slim after all. It shows how the Nats managed to get millions of English-speakers to vote for apartheid and why the Groot Krokodil's attempt to co-opt coloureds and Indians into the system backfired spectacularly.
Entertaining and impeccably researched, Spoilt Ballots lifts the lid on 200 years of electoral dys-function in our beloved and benighted nation.
Publikasiedatum: 2022-02-02
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9781776095902

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa
R 320
'If you reckon corruption in South Africa began with Zuma or even with apartheid, it's time to catch a wake-up call. Rogues' Gallery tells the story of some of the biggest skelms to grace our (un)fair shores, showing that dodgy dealings have been a national pastime for as long as South African history has been written down.

The action starts with the machinations of three colonial governors: rotten Willem Adriaan van der Stel and the 'twaddling' British duo, Sir George Yonge and Lord Charles Somerset. Added to this is Cecil John Rhodes's unparalleled success in poisoning the land with theft, fraud and war, and Oom Paul Kruger's corrupt and compromised Volksraads (official and unofficial).

Readers are then treated to apartheid's finest feats in corruption: from the Broederbond's perfect ten in state capture to the Department of Information's peddling of fake news and the apartheid state's manufacture of - no, not illegal cigarettes - Class A drugs! And let's not forget the hotbed of corruption that was the 'independent' homelands. Add to this a few murders, plenty of nepotism and a state president who started out as a Nazi spy, and the gallery of rogues is complete. On the flipside, every chapter also features at least one brave whistle-blower - the true heroes of this book.

Irreverent, entertaining and impeccably researched, Rogues' Gallery busts the myth that the Zuptas were the first to capture the South African state, showing that corruption has always been around - and that the tricks politicians play haven't changed a jot.'
Publikasiedatum: 2021-03-11

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