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Living on the Political Edge - Villain or Maverick?
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South African Politician with distinctive political carreer of 28 years- in white and black politics
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Cover, indicating the name " Living on the Political Edge - Villain or Maverick?" Idea of Miniscule Zulu warrior and the a hero, knight in armoir on horseback slaying 3 headed calf - see 2 cartoons included from photos! Here is what the book is briefly about: <p class="MsoNormal"> “LIVING ON THE POLITICAL EDGE –VILLAIN OR MAVERICK?” Gerda Bekker <p class="MsoNormal">The unrevised/unedited manuscript “LIVING ON THE POLITICAL EDGE – VILLAIN OR MAVERICK?” by Gerda Bekker is about the political roller-coaster experiences of Dr Hennie Bekker. It covers a period of 28 years of Dr Bekkers life as Parliamentarian (National Assembly and Legislature/Provincial Council) in South Africa. The biography contains about 300 A4 pages and about 35 pages of Annexures/attachments: <p class="MsoNormal">The remarkable political experiences of Hennie Bekker during the transitional period of South Africa from an “Apartheid State” to a Democracy, dominated firstly by the National party and later on by the African National Congress and its alliance partners, could be a revelation to many readers. Hennie Bekker as a liberal Afrikaner, yet as a Parliamentarian representing the erstwhile National Party of PW Botha and FW de Klerk, endeavoured to achieve change and reform from within the dominant white political Party. When failing to achieve real change, he joined the traditional/nationalist freedom movement of the Inkatha Freedom Party of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, an almost dominant Zulu political formation, but with principles and policies economically much more viable than those of the ANC. This change of political allegiance was made after realising that the so called white politics was outdated and the new ANC rulers had Marxist/Communist doctrines with which he could not identify. This political move away from the Apartheid scenario obviously caused a lot of trauma and the Bekker family faced much abuse and even life threatening onslaughts as a result thereof. <p class="MsoNormal">Hennie Bekker played an important role in bringing the Inkatha Freedom Party back into the Constitutional process of South Africa and particularly its participation in the first democratic election in 1994. The last minute turn-around of Inkatha surely saved South Africa from a bloody civil war which could have had disastrous consequences. Hennie’s defection from “White Politics” to “Black Politics” had however been met with scorn and insults from many supporters of the “Apartheid Doctrine” and he was regarded as a “sell-out” and traitor of the White people of South Africa. His important role in conciliation and achieving greater understanding between the different races and even between the governing African National Congress and his political Party, the Inkatha Freedom Party became legendary and appreciated. <p class="MsoNormal">The book is a ‘unique’ type of biography written from the perspective of a wife who was also involved in politics and could hopefully give a different perspective on stereo typing of the Afrikaner. It provides an in-depth kaleidoscope of various political parties, competing – but also sometimes acting in unison. <p class="MsoNormal"> The biography attempts to break away from the serious hardnosed style of politics; also capturing the many light-hearted and almost enjoyable experiences of a politician over such a lengthy and fruitful career. <p class="MsoNormal"> Inkatha was formed mainly as a cultural movement but suddenly had to compete in the political milieu of modern politics. The biography also epitomises the dangers and risks for outspoken and principled politicians! <p class="MsoNormal">Presently Dr Bekker’s integrity is unchallenged and he commands respect amongst all the political parties in South Africa. The villain of White politics, have surely become the maverick, or hero of the new political dispensation in South Africa! For that reason, the very appropriate title of the biography, “LIVING ON THE POLITICAL EDGE – VILLAIN OR MAVERICK?” <p class="MsoNormal"> <p class="MsoNormal">Dr Hennie Bekker and Nelson Mandela <p class="MsoNormal">During the Transitional political period of South Africa in 1993 and the establishment of the Transitional Executive Council, Dr Hennie Bekker was nominated by the Inkatha Freedom Party, to serve as Minister on the Transitional Economic Council with Minister Derek Keyes, Trevor Manual, Dr Zack de Beer and Prof Shabalala, collectively forming the Transitional Ministry of Economic Affairs.This Transitional Executive Council replaced the Presidency and the Cabinet of South Africa and was headed by the two Party leaders, Nelson Mandela of the ANC and FW de Klerk of the National Party and although non-partisan was made up of representatives of the various larger political parties.Hennie Bekker would always regard this period of his political career, the highlight of his Parliamentary experience, particularly his encounters with Nelson Mandela and Trevor Manual. Needless to say that after the interim period of the Transitional Executive Council and the first democratic elections of 1994, Nelson Mandela became the President of South Africa and Trevor Manual, the Minister of Trade and Industry and later the Minister of Finance.What a privilege for Hennie Bekker to have served in the same Transitional Executive Council as the legendary President Nelson Mandela!
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