‘Anyone who wants to know what happened needs to read this book.’ – Oscar van Heerden’s Two Minutes to Midnight: Will Ramaphosa’s ANC Survive? impresses political minds
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Two Minutes to Midnight: Will Ramaphosa’s ANC Survive? by Oscar van Heerden is out now from Jacana Media.

Van Heerden was a student activist who grew up in the ANC and served the organisation in many roles. He is a scholar of international relations and completed his PhD at Cambridge University. He has lectured at Wits University and was also a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Johannesburg.

In Two Minutes to Midnight, Van Heerden takes readers into his confidence and shares his proximity to power and his unique insider’s view of the ANC, its leadership, the policies and the inner workings of the organisation.

The book has impressed its early readers.

Read praise for Two Minutes to Midnight here:

Dr Ralph Mathekga, political analyst and author:

‘At the heart of the lobbying and compromises that resulted in Ramaphosa’s election, as Oscar diligently shows, is the work of powerful individuals within the party who have mastered the ANC’s internal systems.’

Dr Sithembile Mbete, senior lecturer in Political Science, University of Pretoria:

‘By opening up the black box of ANC politics, Van Heerden helps to explain why the dramatic changes in governance and vision that some expected after Nasrec have not transpired. Van Heerden makes some controversial recommendations for how President Ramaphosa can assert control of the ANC – such as leading the party with brutal Stalinism by empowering the disciplinary committee to investigate and suspend or expel rogue members.’

Stephen Grootes, radio presenter and political writer at Daily Maverick

‘As a result of Oscar’s inside knowledge, it makes predicting the future of the ANC, and thus the country, much easier. His position, as both a player and an observer, reveals certain dynamics that could be vital going forward. Anyone who wants to know what happened, how it was done and what will happen next, needs to read this book.’

Ronnie Kasrils, author and former government minister:

‘This is a riveting read that offers an analysis and hope of averting catastrophe we dare not ignore. Buckle your seat belts and prepare for a roller coaster ride. Yes, we could come off the tracks, yet Van Heerden’s analysis does point to a hopeful fork in the road ahead.’

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