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by Other Means: South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s
This explosive book explores the methods of highly unconventional warfare
conducted by South Africa’s secret intelligence and covert warfare units,
always highly deniable and one step away from the official war machine during
the final years of apartheid. It is mostly compiled from first hand of operators
who took part.
How on 2 February 1990 President FW de Klerk dropped a
political bombshell by announcing bans on the ANC, the PAC and others had
been lifted and that Nelson Mandela would be released from prison. Unknown
to the general public, the shocked higher command echelons of the SADF, who
were not in the loop, began discussing plans for a military coup. President
F W de Klerk realising the dangers, suddenly shunted Defence Minister Malan
and Law and Order Minister Vlok sideways to minor ministries. Some academics
confidently speculated that it was a sop to the ANC. No one tumbled that De
Klerk and Ministers Pik Botha, Malan and Vlok were the only political
figures, together with security force securocrats, who composed the
all-powerful State Security Council — a cabal formed by PW Botha which held
the power to make war without reference to Parliament. De Klerk made his
move to thwart a military coup. He promptly denied this when the author
queried this at a public meeting, but despite his denials he emasculated and
closed down the SSC shortly afterwards.
"I believe Peter Stiff’s trilogy is one of
the best accounts of the border war"
Ockie Geyser, Professor Emeritus
Professor of History at the University of Free State