Following on from the vigorous debate generated by the best-selling
Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki, Frank Chikane
turns his attention to a range of issues that the presidency was
criticised for under President Thabo Mbeki.
In The Things that Could Not be Said, Chikane, who was director general
in the presidency from 1999 to June 2009, uses his insider
knowledge to expose what was going on behind the scenes with
regard to various issues, including: local and international intelligence
projects; the Zimbabwe facilitation process; the international
governance system and diplomacy manoeuvrings; the ‘warning lights’
ignored by the African National Congress; the Vusi Pikoli and Jackie
Selebi matters; the scourge of corruption; drugs, pharmaceutical
companies and the poor; Thabo Mbeki and HIV and AIDS;
as well as Chikane’s own experiences in the presidency, in dealing
with his poisoning and his efforts to correct the error in the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s initial report.
This is a front-row seat to South Africa’s recent history
that makes for thought-provoking reading.