The Arms Deal in Your Pocket

The Arms Deal in Your Pocket

by Paul Holden


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"At last! For those who didn't know their corvettes from their counter-trade, this book's timing is deadly accurate. The Arms Deal's taint of corruption has hovered spectre - like over SA politics since Patricia de Lille's document hit parliament in 1999, but the plethora of newspaper articles, court cases, conspiracy theories and counter-allegations surrounding the deal still leaves many scratching their heads. The Arms Deal in Your Pocket starts at the roots and works its way to the present, telling the story in the simplest way possible. When the future of South African politics hangs in the balance, can you really afford not to understand why? The questions, and the answers: What was bought, and why? Who was involved? The book gives a cast of characters, a guide to the maze of companies, and a timeline. What was covered up? What charges does Jacob Zuma face?

Succinct, informative and devastating. Andrew Feinstein"

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781868423132
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PAUL HOLDEN is a freelance writer, researcher, and historian. He has contributed to Peter Delius’s collection on the history of Mpumalanga, and has worked as project manager and research coordinator for Johannesburg’s Old Fort and the Sunday Times/SAHA Heritage Project. Paul is currently studying towards a postgraduate degree in South African history.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xv

Acronyms and Abbreviations xiii

1 'Pure Butter': Selling Arms in the New South Africa 1

2 Was the Arms Deal a Good Deal? 14

3 The Cover-Up 33

4 The First Casualty: Tony Yengeni 68

5 'Death of a Salesman': Joe Modise 87

6 Agent RS452 and the Resignation of Bulelani Ngcuka 112

7 The Case against Schabir Shaik 131

8 The Case against Jacob Zuma 179

9 Unfinished Business and Unanswered Questions 228


Appendix A Who's Who and What's What in the Arms Deal 263

Appendix B The Only Arms Deal Timeline You'll Ever Need 283

Appendix C More Companies than You Can Shaik a Stick At 316

Notes 321

Recommended Reading 355

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