Apartheid guns and money: A tale of global profit

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law presents:

Hennie van Vuuren, director of Open Secrets

Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2019
6pm to 7pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Public lecture - All welcome

Who secretly supported the last white regime in South Africa and profited from it? What can be done to hold economic criminals to account who have escaped justice? Author of Apartheid, Guns and Money: A tale of Profit Hennie van Vuuren will discuss the network of deep state actors in corporations, banks, intelligence agencies, arms dealers and prominent politicians in over fifty countries complicit in this crime against humanity. This tale of economic crime, uncovered through painstaking archival research in over two dozen archives and numerous interviews, helps us understand the legacy of corruption in a democratic South Africa today. Twenty five years after the end of apartheid - South Africa is today grappling with the scourge of state capture by contemporary political and economic elites. The book shows how the old corrupt networks which benefited from white nationalism quickly sought to corrupt the country's first democratic government.

Now published internationally by Hurst and Oxford University Press (2019) this research has generated much needed debate about the need for legal mechanisms to hold corporations to account that profit from grave crimes. The evidence it contains is part of an unfolding litigation strategy and has found strong resonance amongst South Africans who wish to finally see justice for past crimes.

Hennie van Vuuren is a South African activist and writer. He is the director of Open Secrets a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town that investigates and seeks accountability for economic crimes, abuse of power and human rights violations. He has also worked as Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and for Transparency International in Berlin. He is the co-author of The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011).