Anthony Butler

Anthony Butler is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, he was Chair in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. Butler was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. He writes a weekly column for Johannesburg’s Business Day newspaper and is the author or editor of six other books, including Cyril Ramaphosa and Contemporary South Africa.

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The African National Congress (ANC) is Africa’s most famous liberation movement. It has recently celebrated its centenary, a milestone that has prompted partisans to detail a century of unparalleled achievement in the struggle against colonialism and racial discrimination. Critics paint a less flattering portrait of the historical ANC as a communist puppet, a moribund dinosaur, or an elitist political parasite.

The Idea of the ANC takes a look at how conception of power, promoting unity, and a commitment to human liberation have in the past shaped politics in [South Africa] and the possible role they could play in guiding the leadership of the ANC’s responses to future challenges.… Be sure to get this exciting and very easy to read pocket book.”

LOOCHA Magazine (South Africa)