SOAS University of London

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Apartheid, Guns and Money: Exposing a global network of profit

Apartheid, Guns and Money: Exposing a global network of profit
Hennie van Vuuren, Director, Open Secrets

Date: 17 January 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 17 January 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Book Launch

Who secretly supported the last white regime in South Africa and profited from it? What can be done to hold economic criminals to account who have escaped justice? Author of Apartheid, Guns and Money: A tale of Profit Hennie van Vuuren will discuss the network of deep state actors in corporations, banks, intelligence agencies, arms dealers and prominent politicians in over fifty countries complicit in this crime against humanity. This tale of economic crime, uncovered through painstaking archival research in over two dozen archives and numerous interviews, helps us understand the legacy of corruption in a democratic South Africa today. Twenty-five years after the end of apartheid - South Africa is today grappling with the scourge of state capture by contemporary political and economic elites. The book shows how the old corrupt networks which benefitted from white nationalism quickly sought to corrupt the country’s first democratic government. 

This book, now published in the UK by Hurst, has generated much needed debate about the need for legal mechanisms to hold corporations to account that profit from grave crimes. The evidence it contains is part of an unfolding litigation strategy and has found strong resonance amongst South Africans who wish to finally see justice for past crimes. 

The book’s author, Hennie van Vuuren, is based is the Director of South African non-profit Open Secrets. He will be in conversation with Andrew Feinstein and Paul Holden of Corruption Watch UK who work from London to expose corruption in the global arms trade.

The event is open to the public, and no registration is required.

Organiser: Dr. Phil Clark

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