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Insurgent Diplomat

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October 2014
About the book: 

Long before the official negotiations to end apartheid, there were secret discussions that paved the way for dialogue between the African National Congress and the South African government. Aziz Pahad played a key role in these discussions, and in this book he provides the first account of them from the ANC’s perspective. 

Pahad recounts his early years in South Africa, which informed his political ideology, as well as his time in exile in London. He gives insights into the leadership of inspirational figures, such as Yusuf Dadoo, Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki, and describes the central role played by the ANC in rescuing the country from the brink of disaster. There are also important lessons for governments still resorting to military aggression to resolve conflicts by showing that honesty, mutual understanding and compromise are essential to bringing an end to instability.

A moving memoir about a significant historical period, The Insurgent Diplomat draws on the author’s experiences as one of the ANC’s most trusted politicians, who contributed to a free and democratic South Africa.

About the Author
In 1964 Aziz Pahad was banned by the apartheid government and went into exile following the Rivonia Trial. He played a major role in developing the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK and Europe, and was elected as a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party in 1984 and a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee in 1985. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa from 1994 to 2008 and was among those Cabinet members who submitted their resignations following the recall of President Thabo Mbeki in September 2008.
In July 2014 Pahad was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as a Presidential Envoy to deal with the Middle East crisis.

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