Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit

This book is an exposé of the machinery created in defence of apartheid,  sanctions-busting, and the people who profited from it: heads of states, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups. In creating the apartheid arms money machine they were complicit in a crime against humanity. Whistle-blowers were assassinated and ordinary people suffered.

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South Africa remains a deeply unequal society battling the legacy of apartheid and the persistence of corrupt networks that seek to ‘capture’ its democratically elected leaders. In Apartheid Guns and Money, Hennie van Vuuren argues that in the absence of accountability, corrupt networks of the past stay in business. Rather than face justice, they invite members of the new elite to the table. In over 600 pages, this meticulously researched book finally lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes, weaving together a treasure trove of newly declassified documents and eyewitness accounts.

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now available outside of South Africa!

As of 1 November 2018, ‘Apartheid Guns and Money: a tale of profit’ is available for purchase in the United Kingdom. This is the first time the book is accessible outside of South Africa. If you are in the UK and would like to purchase a copy of the book, please get in touch with Hurst Publishers.


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Apartheid Guns and Money has garnered significant public and media interest both within and outside of South Africa


This book is accompanied by a series of graphics, the treasure maps that help explain much of the content of the book. They were designed by Gaelen Pinnock of Scarlet Studios. Kindly attribute the publication if posted elsewhere.

Taking Action

We believe in research that leads to action. Our investigations are therefore closely linked to our law and advocacy work, so that we can hold private sector actors and institutions accountable for the economic crimes we uncover.