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Eight days in September: The removal of Thabo Mbeki – book review

Former DG in the Presidency Rev Frank Chikane speaks about his new book, 'Eight days in September: The removal of Thabo Mbeki'. Camera and Editing: Darlene Creamer

19th March 2012

By: Bradley Dubbelman

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A riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the removal of Thabo Mbeki as President of South Africa, which examines the build-up to events, describes the details of those eight days in September 2008 and explores Mbeki’s legacy.

Eight Days in September: The removal of Thabo Mbeki refers to the eight-day period in September 2008 when Thabo Mbeki was removed from office as the President of South Africa. At the time, Frank Chikane was Secretary of Cabinet and Head (Director-General) of the Presidency and in that capacity he was responsible for managing the transition from Mbeki to Kgalema Motlanthe and then on to Jacob Zuma. He thus had a front row seat to the unfolding drama and was one of very few insiders to be party to the transition in such a unique way.

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In July 2010 Chikane published a series of articles with Independent Newspapers that came to be known as the ‘Chikane Files’. These form the basis of some of the content of this book (about a quarter of the book’s total contents), which Chikane says he feels compelled to tell from his perspective in an effort to provide an insider’s account of this key historical period.

 

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