A Pretoria Boy: South Africa’s ‘Public Enemy Number One’ by Peter Hain

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Publication Date: July 2021

A Pretoria Boy tells the story of how politician Peter Hain used his parliamentary privilege in 2017 and 2018 to expose looting and money laundering inside the Zuma State. This put South Africa’s state capture and corruption on the front pages of the New York Times and Financial Times, which some suggest played a part in president Zuma’s toppling. Going back to an anti-apartheid childhood in Pretoria in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there are vivid descriptions of Hain’s life before and after his and his family’s exile, such as how, at age 19, Hain organised and led militant anti-Springbok demonstrations in London in 1969–1970, for which he was denounced by the South African media as ‘Public Enemy Number One’. The book tells of his return to South Africa first on a secret mission in December 1989, then as a parliamentary observer during the 1994 elections, and ends with his perspective on the country’s future.