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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This book deals with a very interesting subject matter - the premature removal of President Thabo Mbeki from office.
Indeed the period surrounding this removal was one of the most interesting in South Africa's recent political history. I really thought this 'insider's view' would provide new insight and never told before information. Instead what you get, in this very insubstantial, boring re hash of events, is a book on the logistics pertaining to Mbeki's removal peppered with unabashed praise for the former president. If you're interested in how soon Mbeki had to move furniture out of Mahlamba Ndlopfu president's main residence in the capital , who the president was for the full 11 hours between Mbeki's effective resignation and Kgalema Motlanthe's signing in, re produced speeches and letters and other "archival" information, this book may have some value.
The book essentially not literally of course reads as follows "I have some interesting information about Mbeki's removal which I cannot share as it is classified and sensitive information that may lead to legal troubles etc. So instead I will spend the book talking vaguely talking about issues surrounding his removal, spending a lot of time repeatedly discussing the constitutionality of Mbeki's removal in various chapters of the book as well as the logistics surrounding his removal and the swearing in of a new president".
The book then contains various logistical issues surrounding Mbeki's removal which are about as interesting as watching paint dry, followed by praise of Mbeki as a leader, followed by praise of what a devoted ANC cadre he was to just willingly agree to the ANC's decision even though he could legally challenge it, followed my more logistics, followed by more discussion on the constitutionality legality of Mbeki's removal, followed by even more praise of what a devoted ANC cadre Mbeki was.
I think you get my point. The book is extremely repetitive, insubstantial, and quite honestly very boring. Frank Chikane obviously has a lot of insight into Mbeki and his removal from office that would be very interesting to anyone interested in SA politics.
He mentions how sensitive this information he has not shared is at least 5 times within the book, in case you didn't get it the first time. Makes you wonder why did he write the book in the first place? There are a lot of great books by South Africans about South Africa for those looking to understand the political landscape; this is not one of them.
Give this one a skip. This book has helped to open my eyes. It's so painful to be given the wrong picture and idea by a party we thought we can trust. How can they bring so much shame to ex-President Thabo Mbeki and defy the example set by their exemplary predecessors like Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Thank you Dr. Frank Chikane for writting this book. The events leading to the removal including the rush to remove Thabo was clearly being driven by a political agenda that was not I the interest of ordinary South Africans. Now with hindsight myself and many more South Africans regret this move.
Thanks to the Reverend for having the guts to share this awful experience with us. The book gives details of behind the scene plots that ousted one of Africa's most intelligent leader. An intellectual, a diplomat and above all a lover of Africa. He chose not to throw RSA into limbo because of his love for his motherland and chose to step down. We know the plot was not brewed in an African pot.
Not even Macbeth could have hatched such a plot. Notwithstanding all the treachery Mbeki's image remained intact. The plotters are now swimming in their own stew. Viva Thabo Mbeki. Amandla ngewethu.
Great book, great story. I appreciate reverent's point of view. However, I was always waiting for the peak of the story. Unfortunately, i may never find out because the meat of the matter is 'classified'. It gave a mere idea of what happens 'inside'.
The book unearth a new found admiration, not only for Thabisto mbeki but, for Reverent Chikane. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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ISBN 13: 9781770102217
A riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the removal of Thabo Mbeki as President of South Africa, which examines the build-up to events, describes the details of those eight days in September and explores Mbeki's legacy. He thus had a front row seat to the unfolding drama and was one of very few insiders to be party to the transition in such a unique way. In July Chikane published a series of articles with Independent Newspapers that came to be known as the 'Chikane Files'. These form the basis of some of the content of this book about a quarter of the book's total contents , which Chikane says he feels compelled to tell from his perspective in an effort to provide an insider's account of this key historical period.
Eight Days in September
Eight Days In September