Friday, May 12, 2017

The Republic of Gupta: A Story of State Capture

The Republic of Gupta: A Story of State Capture

About the book: 

The Guptas rose to national infamy when a commercial airliner packed with guests for a family wedding was allowed to land at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013, sparking an onslaught of public outrage. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.

The Republic of Gupta  investigates what the Gupta brothers were up to during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency and how they got into the inner circle of President Jacob Zuma. It shines new light on their controversial ventures in computers, cricket, newspapers and TV news, and coal and uranium mining. The book explores their exposure by public protector Thuli Madonsela, their conflict with finance minister Pravin Gordhan, and the real reasons behind the cabinet reshuffle of March 2017.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into the Republic of Gupta. - Sourced from: Penguin Random House SA

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child

Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child

A case study about Afrikaners, how the humiliation and atrocities of the wars impacted their collective psyche.

Abstracts from the ‘Introduction’ of the book:

“Afrikaners, my people, have long been accused of being the originators and engineers of apartheid, one of the most disreputable institutions in modern history. Yet the accusers have, on the whole, not taken the trouble to understand the historical genesis of apartheid. That is the purpose of this book.

My aim is not to justify apartheid, but to shed light on the historical events and psychological factors which informed its origination. It is not a history, but rather a case study steeped in history.”


“What compelled the Afrikaners, a people traumatised by British barbarism, to inflict the legalised racism of apartheid on their black countrymen? In other words, what does trauma do to a people?

This question constantly ringing in my head would eventually lead me on the most unexpected of paths, and keep me busy for nearly 15 years, something I couldn’t foresee even in my wildest dreams. It led me to the discovery of the abusive relationship between Englishman and Afrikaner, one of unrelenting humiliation of the Afrikaner by the English, since the British arrival in Southern Africa in 1795, and the tragic consequences this relationship had for South Africa, including, inter alia apartheid.”


“Fifteen years of research for this book has yielded evidence of at least 200 years of prejudice against Afrikaners. My psychotherapy practice in Cape Town and Swellendam continues to uncover many stories of humiliation. It is important that Afrikaners understand their own history. Otherwise how do you live with the guilt? How do you explain the past to your children – without creating new ghosts and falsehoods? How do you mourn and heal without knowing about the past which has shaped who you are today?

Although this analysis focuses on one group, the Afrikaners, the fact is that trans-generational re-enactment of trauma and humiliation is a universal theme, playing itself out all over the world. A lack of understanding of trans-generational trauma and the impact of humiliation on nations is one reason why ‘people never learn from history’. This book is an attempt to learn from ours.”

About the author:

Hélène Opperman Lewis, MSc (Psych) is a licensed Counselling Psychologist in private practice in Cape Town and Swellendam. In 2001 she enrolled for a doctorate at the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The intended thesis was titled: ‘The Development of a Social Conscience amongst Afrikaners’.

While doing research into Kohlberg and Gilligan’s theories of moral reasoning, she discovered the field of psycho-history. She connected with the Psychohistory Association in New York and Lloyd DeMause invited her to attend the annual IPA convention in 2001. She then completed a course in psychogenics.

By now she had come to realise there was much more to moral reasoning than engaging in a narrow theoretical spat with the subject; a decision was taken to abandon her formal studies and rather research the 300-year history of the Afrikaners within a psychohistorical framework. Only this, she felt, would enlighten her initial question of ‘social conscience’. And so indeed it has. Encouraged by Psycho-analyst/Clinical Psychologist and Psychohistorian Dr David Lotto, the decision to write a book followed. The urgency to share with fellow South Africans that, which is truly relevant, became paramount: the disastrous historical consequences of humiliation and loss followed by trans-generational trauma, and how it played out in South Africa’s history.

This research took 15 years to complete. This book Apartheid – Britain’s Bastard Child completes this journey.

In 2001 Hélène wrote an article, ‘Racism as projection: how early childhood can help it take root’ published in the Rhodes Journalism Review. She presented a piece on the Anglo-Boer War as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (TRC), at the annual IPA convention in 2002 in New York. She is also a member of the International Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (Human DHS). In April 2013 she convened the annual DHS conference in Stellenbosch. In June 2015 she presented a paper on Humiliation & Trauma at the DHS convention in Rwanda.

May this book reveal and heal.

The book is available in print from Amazon.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

'Tainted Heroes' - ordinary people trying to survive another day

Tainted Heroes
Johannesburg, 03 December 2015 - The trailer of the controversial documentary 'Tainted Heroes' has been released. The movie details the ANC's rise to power in 1994, and the preceding violence that gripped South Africa during the Soweto uprising in 1976. Video: eNCA

The trailer for 'Tainted Heroes' was released on Monday -- a documentary which has received support from lobby group, Afriforum.

It deals with the ANC's rise to power in 1994, and the violence which gripped South Africa during the Soweto uprising.

Several high profile figures attended the release of the story of some 20-thousand people who were killed during the armed struggle, as well as the events that led the ANC to power.

The story is told from the perspective of several political parties, such as Azapo and Inkatha - now known as the IFP - as well as the Black Consciousness Movement.

It details the violence between these parties and the ANC in the run up to liberation.

"The profound difference between Inkatha an the ANC was our strategy," said IFP Leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"They had highly trained operatives with sophisticated weapons and international funding. We had ordinary people trying to survive another day."

"Inkatha never had a military wing, for we never abandoned the principle of non-violence."

The documentary stems mainly from the book, People's War, written by Anthea Jeffery of the Institute for Race Relations.

It will premier early in 2016.

- eNCA

Tainted Heroes (official trailer)

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