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Songs & Secrets: SA from liberation to governance

Former senior spy master and author Barry Gilder speaks to Polity's Motshabi Hoaeane about his book ‘Songs & Secrets’, a book about South Africa from liberation to governance. Camera work: Darlene Creamer and Shane Williams. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

22nd February 2013

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Barry Gilder was born in 1950. He went into exile in 1976, and during this time composed and sang struggle songs at anti-apartheid events in Europe and elsewhere. He also served in the ANC's intelligence structures until his return to South Africa in 1991.

He served as GM and then Deputy Director-General of SASS from 1995 to 1999, later becoming DDG Operations of the National Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2003. In 2003 he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs. In 2005 he was appointed Coordinator for Intelligence where he served until his retirement from government at the end of 2007.

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He is currently a fellow at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, a policy think tank set up by former senior leaders in the democratic governement.

Gilder speaks to Polity's Motshabi Hoaeane about his book ‘Songs & Secrets’, a book about South Africa from liberation to governance.

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Songs & Secrets: South Africa from liberation to governance is published by Jacana.

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