Jul 29, 2012

Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance

Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance
Product details:
Author: Barry Gilder
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 14 Dec 2012
ISBN-10: 1849042373
ISBN-13: 978-1849042376

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Book Description:
A decade into its hard-won democracy, South Africa and its ruling party, the ANC, have been through turbulent times: confrontation between Thabo Mbeki and his then deputy Jacob Zuma; the dismissal of Zuma as Deputy; Zuma's defeat of Mbeki in ANC presidential elections; and the recall of Mbeki as South African President, are events that have left many ANC cadres politically and emotionally aghast. Were these events the result of personal enmity? Was the broad church that the ANC had become to unite all forces in the struggle against apartheid beginning to break up? Or did the roots lie in the global dynamic that allowed South Africa its freedom as the Cold War cooled? Written in an anecdotal style, and with a cinematic quality, Songs and Secrets explores these questions through the viewfinder of a former high-ranking member of the ANC's secret intelligence wing. It follows Gilder into the ANC's military camps in Angola; to Moscow for spycraft training; to the underground in Botswana; and into leadership positions in the administration of the new government. Gilder's frank, compelling memoir explores the personal, political, psychological and historical realities that gave birth to the new South Africa, in particular the oft-ignored conditions in which the ANC government tried to turn apartheid around.

About the Author:
BARRY GILDER was born in South Africa 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 later became Deputy Head of the South African Secret Service. He is currently Director of Operations at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, a policy think tank set up by former senior leaders in the democratic government.

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The book in the news... 

Former spook warns SA on spies
July 26 2012 at 07:06pm

Cape Town - Western intelligence services are “actively involved” in trying to infiltrate South Africa's government, former senior spy master Barry Gilder said on Thursday.

Responding to questions at a Cape Town Press Club luncheon, following the recent publication of his memoir, “Songs and Secrets”, he said this was done with the intention of influencing the South African government's decisions.

“On the international stage, and this is normal for most countries, there are countries who would want us to think and behave in ways that serve their interests. I'm not just talking about the big Western countries, but other countries too.

“And I can tell you, as a former spook, that the intelligence services of the big European/Western countries are very actively involved in trying to infiltrate our government and other parts of society, but in particular (they are) trying to influence it.”

Gilder served as general manager and then director-general of the SA Secret Service from 1995 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2003 as director-general: operations for the National Intelligence Agency.

He did not name the countries, and declined to say any more on the matter.

“If you want to get more out of me, you'll have to torture me,” he joked.

Earlier, Gilder said there was “still a hidden hand” affecting South Africa's ability to transform itself into a more equitable nation.

Asked to explain, he said there were “specifics... of strange things that have happened” that one could point to, including the “hoax e-mail saga, the Browse 'Mole' Report, the Meiring Report, and a number (of) others that I recollect”.

The “hoax e-mail saga” is a reference to alleged hoax e-mails implicating senior African National Congress members in a conspiracy against ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The Browse “Mole” Report, a product of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions, was written in 2006. It was leaked the next year. Among other things, it alleged that the Angolan intelligence establishment planned covertly to support Jacob Zuma, who at the time was deputy president, in his bid for the presidency.

The so-called Meiring Report was handed to then president Nelson Mandela in 1998, by former SA National Defence Force chief George Meiring. It alleged there were left-wing elements plotting a coup against the government.

Gilder said these had all indicated to the intelligence community at the time that “there are certainly people out there actively trying in some ways to create divisions or to create confusion to undermine our democracy in different ways”.

He described this as a “plain historical reality”, stemming from South Africa's divided past.

“April 27, 1994, didn't mean those divisions suddenly dissolved. They continued, to some extent, and expressed themselves in different ways in society.”

He added that it was not a “conspiratorial hidden hand” to which he was referring, but it was a reality that there were people in the country opposed to the current dispensation.

After serving on the national executive council of the National Union of SA Students in the early Seventies, Gilder went into exile in 1976.

He served with the ANC's intelligence division in various capacities until his return to South Africa in 1991.

Gilder retired from government service in 2007.

Sapa - Sourced from: www.iol.co.za/news/politics


Tia Mysoa said...

Gilder must surely know that the “hidden hand” he speaks of is the same “hand” that was behind communism in the days he took part in the so-called ‘liberation struggles’, and that the “they” he speaks of are the Masters of Darkness who infiltrated the South African government long before the first democratic elections in April 1994.

His book is blatant anti-western propaganda but it will, no doubt, bluff the millions of sheeple fools in this world and will also be highly praised by the blind demonic liberal mob who are currently wrecking South Africa step-by-step.

See also posts labelled Communism on the Tia Mysoa blog.