EIGHT DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, the removal of Thabo Mbeki

: Chikane (F.)

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271 pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2012) 2017


In 2008, as Secretary of the Cabinet and Director-General of the Presidency, Frank Chikane was directly responsible for managing the transition from Thabo Mbeki to Kgalema Motlanthe to Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa. This is his behind-the-scenes account of the eight-day period in September that led to the removal of Mbeki from office. The book builds on the "Chikane Files", a series of controversial articles Chikane published with Independent Newspapers in July 2010, in which he provided an insider's perspective on this period and explored Mbeki's legacy.

Frank Chikane's former appointments include Deputy President of the United Democratic Front, member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission, and General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He is currently pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (AFM) in Soweto, the president of AFM International, and the visiting adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also consults with companies that do business on the African continent.