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D'Oliveira, John

Vorster - die Mens [Inscribed by B.J. Vorster]

Published: Perskor, Johannesburg, 1978

Edition: First Edition, 3rd impression

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Inscribed and dated by B.J. Vorster on the front, free, end-paper:

"Met beste wense aan my vriend Marius Kleynhans.
B.J.Vorster 6/6/1979"
He signed this book on the very last day of his presidency.

Imprint: Perskor, 1978, First Edition,third impression. ISBN:0628012748
White boards with black titles to front board and spine. Royal Octavo. Hard cover in dust-jacket. iv + 273 pp. Illustrated in black and white. Family portrait, colour double-page illustration. Text in Afrikaans.

Ink name of Marius Kleynhans on the front, free, end-paper. Dust-jacket slightly rubbed with light creasing to the edges of the dust-jacket. Closed tear, (2.5 cm.) to the top edge of the rear panel of the dust-jacket. Dust-jacket now preserved in an acid-free, protective sleeve.

The following is sourced from Wikipedia and the South African History Archives Online:
Balthazar Johannes Vorster (1915 –1983), better known as John Vorster, was the 8th Prime Minister of South Africa (13 September 1966 – 2 October 1978). He was appointed to this position a week after the death of Hendrik Verwoerd. After resigning as Prime Minister, he served as State President for a short time, in a mostly ceremonial capacity. Vorster was Minister of Justice during the Rivonia Trial in which Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage, and he was Prime Minister when the Terrorism Act came into being. This piece of legislation allowed for the indefinite detention of political activists. He was also in office during the Soweto Riots and the Steve Biko crisis. "In 1978, Vorster was forced to resign as [Prime Minister] after being implicated in the Information Scandal. In the scandal, funds budgeted for defence were secretly channelled without parliamentary approval to fund the propaganda project which was designed to clean the image of South Africa. The plan involved purchasing and paying bribes to both local international news agencies such as the Washington Star newspaper and establishing a government controlled newspaper, The Citizen. As a consequence Vorster was forced to resign as president, ending his political career" .- South African History Online.

Marius Kleynhans worked as a political jounalist with the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) until 1990. He spent much of this period in both Washington and London. In 1990 he was invited to join the Constitutional Development Service as communication advisor to the constitutional negotiations. He stayed with the CDS until after the first national elections. He advised Mandela and others until 1995. Mr. Kleynhans knew Vorster well,he signed this book on the very last day of his presidency.

  • Jacket Condition: Very Good +
  • Binding Condition: Very Good +
  • Overall Condition: Very Good +
  • Size: Octavo

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