THE PLOT TO SAVE SOUTH AFRICA, Chris Hani's murder and the week Nelson Mandela averted civil war

: Malala (J.)

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334pp, illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2023


First published in the UK.

South African journalist Justice Malala on the chaotic nine days following the killing of ANC leader Chris Hani by white supremacist Janusz Walus on 10th April 1993, as the government and Nelson Mandela’s ANC sought to restore peace and uncover whether far-right elements within government were involved in the plot.

“Magnificent, furious, nuanced, and un-put-downable. Malala steers us through the hatred, the grief, and the courage that shaped one nation-shaking week. The result is a searing thriller, a deeply moving work of investigative journalism, and a mesmerising reminder of what leadership can achieve - and what South Africa almost squandered." Andrew Harding, author of These Are Not Gentle People

“Fast-paced, gripping, and expertly crafted, this book reads like a political thriller. A brilliant, moving, and extraordinary account of nine days that shaped a country and a continent, with the entire world looking on.” Toluse Olorunnipa, co-author of His Name Is George Floyd

Political commentator and newspaper columnist Justice Malala is the author of We Have Now Begun Our Descent. A weekly columnist for The Times (South Africa), his work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Guardian and Financial Times. Currently he lives in Los Angeles.