The New Apartheid by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
This has been a hard book to write. I have been constantly haunted by the feeling of rediscovering, and then inspecting and dissecting, some long suppressed horror. The evil of apartheid lies not in the number of people killed – though it did kill many. Rather, its evil lies in the number of people it tyrranised… The grimmest feature of this monstrous system is its capacity for self-reinvention… And, since 1994, apartheid has changed form. It is now dictated by markets rather than minds. Like a virus, it is neither dead not alive, but survives through the people it afflicts.
South Africa’s story is often presented as a triumph of new over old, but while formal apartheid was abolished decades ago, stark and distressing similarities persist. Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression — the new apartheid — that continues to thrive, despite or even because of our democratic system.