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Excerpt: Read the Introduction to A Rumour of Spring by Max du Preez

A Rumour of SpringNamibiana Buchedepot has shared the introduction to Max du Preez’s A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy.

In the excerpt Du Preez explains the title of the book, noting that it emerged from experiences he has had as a political commentator. “Over the past few years, a lot of commentators here and abroad had warned that South Africa was facing its own Arab Spring, referring to the revolutionary protests and uprisings in the Arab world that toppled the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and plunged Syria into a devastating civil war.”

Read the excerpt:

Spring? What spring? The title of this book, A Rumour of Spring, emerged from my own (rather schizophrenic?) analysis that I regularly dish out as a columnist and political commentator. I am always conscious of the need for hope, and of the tendency among so many South Africans to focus on the negative. So I try, sometimes almost against my own better judgement, to be upbeat, to see the good in government and society, and to record and acknowledge our achievements. After the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Mangaung in December 2012, I told my readers and listeners that we had witnessed something of a turning point.

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