Join us for a reading of Dr Khulu Mbatha's book "Unmasked"

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28.11.2017 | 16:00
- 17:30
47 Oxford Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg


Heidel Bekker
South Africa Tel: +27 (0)11 486 2775
Email: hbekker(at)


The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dr Khulu Mbatha invite you to join us for a reading of Dr Mbatha's book "Unmasked".




Tuesday, 28 November 2017


16h00 – 17h30


47 Oxford Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg
Entrance in Waltham Road


Participation is R 100.00 per person
Networking with refreshments after the reading.


Heidel Bekker (hbekker(at)
by close of business on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

In a contemplative yet hard-hitting book, the author reflects on the failure of the ANC in its 22 years of governing South Africa, to honour the principles and values of the Freedom Charter and to come to terms with the Charter’s precepts for running the economy. The negotiations at Codesa and the compromises the ANC had to make, set the scene. Yet things did not turn out as expected. Mbatha asks? Were the expectations and hopes vested in the ANC unrealistic? What has given rise to such widespread feelings of disappointment? How do we account for this failure to deliver long-lasting, meaningful and tangible results? With a series of penetrating questions such as, how prepared was this liberation movement to become a democratic government? Did they understand the economy and how to manage it? Did the speed of the transition and change wrong-foot the ANC? Is there still a role for the Tripartite Alliance? Mbatha probes the motives of the ANC. He muses about the course of events before and since the transition to democracy that should have told us then, and certainly tell us now, where the ANC was going so terribly wrong.

Throughout the text, aptly-chosen observations from the main players – from the ANC itself and from its detractors – and from commentators point to the thinking behind the decisions (or lack of decisions), about the economy in particular, that have brought South Africa to where it is today. This book charts the disappointment of an ANC stalwart that, in his own words, ‘after 22 years of freedom, part of our dreams seem to be fading away’. It is a searing and honest account, a must-read for everyone who wants to know what really happened.

‘Unmasked, Why the ANC failed to govern’, was successfully launched on 24th March this year. Other launches took place in Durban hosted by the Xubera Institute for Research and Development, Elangeni Hotel (12th April); the Franschhoek Literary Festival 2017 and for two days attracted the biggest crowds (20th and 21st May); the Department of Politics at the North West University, Vanderbijlpark (19th July) and by the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Johannesburg (17th August). Various interviews held with prominent radio stations such as Classic FM 102.7 (28 March), with Iman Rappetti at Power FM (3rd April) with veteran media personality Mike Siluma Kaya FM (11th April) and more than three times with veteran radio personality Tim Modise at Touch HD. 
Moreover, there were successful launches overseas too. These were in the United Kingdom hosted by the School of Media, Arts and Design of the University of Westminster in London on Monday 11th September 2017 and by the Blavatnik School of Government of the University of Oxford in Oxford on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

About the author 

Dr Khulu Mbatha has been involved with the ANC for over forty years and was special advisor to the former president and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, He earned his Master’s degree and PhD in Philosophy from the Friedrich –Schiller Universiät in Jena, Germany(1977-1987). In 1985 he led the GDR students’ delegation to the ANC’s National Consultative Conference in Kabwe, Zambia and from 1988 – 1990 he was the ANC’s chief representative in Athens, Greece.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event.