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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Book review: Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers by Mandy Rossouw

I'm going to start with the blurb because this one does a great job of clearly showing what the book is about.
" In Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers political journalist Mandy Rossuw takes us from the the last elective conference of the ANC, at Polokwane, to the present day, where we're introduced to the eight men who have the most influence on what will happen at Mangaung, and following that, in the race to the national poll in 2014. And then we take a tour through ANC politicking in South Africa's nine provinces, because branch-level dynamics are still key to understanding the ANC."

The book is an easy ready, the short chapters  - 3 to 5 pages for each one - certainly speeds you along. The profiles on each of the eight men includes interesting facts as well as how they've moved and are moving towards Mangaung. Mandy Rossouw takes her time to place everything according to the timeline from Polokwane up to about August 2012, which helps in keeping track everything that has been going on. The book really shines for me when it reaches the discussions on the goings on within the provinces. Some of what Rossouw covers in those chapters includes news that you vaguely remember reading about, but which didn't seem to get much coverage, especially the thrash of political killings.

This book is for anyone who is interested in the politics. Both suited for those who avidly follow news, and those with a lighter or new found interest.

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