Nelson Mandela, negotiations and the rise to power of the ANC

In his new book 'The Great Pretenders: Race and Class under ANC Rule', veteran political analyst Ebrahim Harvey delivers a stinging critique of the ANC. He argues that a series of events – including HIV/Aids denialism, the Marikana shootings, the Nkandla funding scandal, mass student protests, the Esidimeni tragedy, systemic corruption and state capture – are rooted in policy choices made by the ANC. This is an extract from his book

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"Our people’s expectations are about acquiring basic essentials, like housing, electrification, water, sanitation, decent education and jobs. These are the very issues which are set out in our Bill of Rights and in the Freedom Charter. One of the threads that run through all our policy documents is the unshakeable commitment of the ANC to direct resources towards precisely those ends."  -- Nelson Mandela (1994)..

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