Hennie van Vuuren will present his book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit

Presenters: Hennie van Vuuren and Michael Marchant

Hennie van Vuuren will present his book Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit (Jacana:2017). He is joined by Michael Marchant, lead researcher on the book. They will also discuss the work of Open Secrets in promoting private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations in Southern Africa

This 600 page meticulously researched book finally lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes, weaving together newly declassified documents and eye-witness accounts. This is an expose of the machinery created in defence of apartheid and in support of sanctions busting and the people who profited: heads of state, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists, and members of secret lobby groups. In creating the apartheid arms money machine, they were complicit in a crime against humanity.

About the presenters:

Hennie van Vuuren – Hennie is the Director of Open Secrets and a past fellow of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. He has worked as Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and for Transparency International in Berlin. Hennie supports the Right2Know campaign and serves on the boards of Natural Justice and My Vote Counts. He is the author of Apartheid Guns & Money: A Tale of Profit (2017) and co-author of The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011).

Michael Marchant – Michael works as a researcher on investigations at Open Secrets, as well as on advocacy. He was the lead researcher on Apartheid Guns & Money: A Tale of Profit. He is also active in the Right2Know Campaign.


Lunch will be served from 12:30

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 -
12:45 to 14:00

CSSR Seminar Room 4.29, Level 4 Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

Contact Information: 

For further info: dumi.hlwele@uct.ac.za

Tel: 021 650 4656