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Politics is the Greatest Game :A Johannesburg Liberal Lampoon

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Revealed at last, the true story of South Africa’s remarkable 1994 transition to democracy, this novel interlinks the history of the transition with the developing stories of four main characters. The book discloses for the first time, who really saved South Africa from itself in the final turbulent decades of the last century.

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Revealed at last, the true story of South Africa’s remarkable 1994 transition to democracy, this novel interlinks the history of the transition with the developing stories of four main characters. The book discloses for the first time, who really saved South Africa from itself in the final turbulent decades of the last century. Introducing Rupertheimer, the political mover and shaker behind the scenes, who secretly steered his country to an embryonic democracy.
Rupertheimer did have help in this magnificent endeavour, staunch friends like Jarvis and Hofmeyr, and the fiery Zulu freedom fighter Khumalo. Who eventually succumbed to the lure of wealth, and the charms of a woman, one man can only do so much freedom fighting. The novel takes you through schooldays and military service, overseas travel where they meet their future wives, and also a mysterious biker named Steve Biker. The Biker has a profound effect on Khumalo, who returns home to join the Freedom Struggle, only to end up incarcerated on notorious Robber Island.

There is heartbreak in the story, much humour but most of all triumph, when Rupertheimer succeeds in bringing about 1994 democratic elections. Yet the dark forces refuse to retreat, journalists Thorn Thomson and Dick Clott continue their vendetta against Rupertheimer, and they are joined by diamond dog General Vokop who has vowed to destroy Rupertheimer. I won’t tell you the thrilling finale because that would spoil it for you, I think you already know Rupertheimer came out on top, but I will let you into a secret.

People have wondered about the ‘miracle’ 1994 transition, as today they wonder about the ‘miraculous’ rise of Jacob Zuma, this book explains how these ‘miracles’ are arranged in South Africa. Picturesque and provocative, brash and funny, The Greatest Game does for the South African transition what Catch-22 did for the Second World War.

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ISBN

9781857565669

Date Published

2003

Publisher

Language

English

Specifications

Softcover,21x15cm,460pp