The Apartheid State was at war. For two decades before 1994, while internal resistance grew, mandatory sanctions prohibited the sale of strategic goods and arms to South Africa. The last white regime was confronted with an existential threat.

A global covert network of nearly 50 countries was constructed to counter sanctions. In complete secrecy, allies in corporations, banks, governments and intelligence agencies helped move cash, illegally supply guns and create the apartheid arms money machine. Whistleblowers were assassinated and ordinary people suffered.

This is an expose of that machinery created in defence of apartheid and the people who made this possible: heads of state, arms deale3rs, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups.

They were all complicit in a crime against humanity. Motivated by ideology or kinship most sought to simply profit from the war. Many have until now relied on lingering silence to erase the uncomfortable truth.

This meticulously researched book lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes, weaving together material collected in over two dozen archives in eight countries with an insight into tens of thousands of pages of newly declassified documents. Interviews with spies, businessmen, politicians, sanctions busters and freedom fighters provide eyewitness accounts.

Networks of state capture persist in our democratic political system because the past and present are interconnected. In forging its future a new generation needs to grapple with the persistent silence3 regarding apartheid era economic crime and ask difficult questions of those who benefited from it. This book provides the evidence and the motivation to do so.

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Authored by Hennie Van Vuuren and published by Jacana of Johannesburg in 2017. Soft cover bound, this First Edition, Second Impression copy is in Fine condition, covered in plastic, with an illustrated cover. The size of the book is 235x156x46mm. ISBN 9781431424849. Clean and well bound. No inscriptions, annotations, or  marks. Illustrated with occasional monochrome tables and diagrams.