JOINING the DOTS: An unauthorised biography of Pravin Gordhan
|Description: ||Peter Attard Montalto, Head of Capital Markets Research at South African consultancy and research company Intellidex together with John Battersby, Freelance Journalist, will be chatting to authors Jonathan Ancer and Chris Whitfield about their book “JOINING the DOTS: An unauthorised biography of Pravin Gordhan”.
Pravin Gordhan has been at the centre of many of the political storms that have torn through South Africa's political landscape. He has been investigated by the Hawks, fired as finance minister, accused of running a 'rogue unit' at SARS and come up against the public protector, to name a few.
Seasoned journalists Jonathan Ancer and Chris Whitfield take a magnifying glass to someone at the centre of this tumultuous period to try to understand the man behind the public image. They go back to Durban in 1949, when Gordhan was born, tracing the significant events and influences that shaped his life and prompted him to become involved in politics as a pharmacy student.
The authors interview former fellow activists to build a picture of the role Gordhan played in the struggle, including his detention and torture. It was during this time that he worked closely with Jacob Zuma, the man who would become president and Gordhan's nemesis and, on the back of a bogus intelligence report, fire him as finance minister.
2:00pm to 3:00pm, Fri 15th Oct 2021||Venue:
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