Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance

Barry Gilder (former intelligence chief in post-apartheid South Africa) will discuss his new book Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to GovernanceChair: Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Investigator, Commonwealth Oral History Project

26 November 2012, 17:30 - 20:00

Room G22/26 (Ground Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House, South Block
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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Barry Gilder was born in South Africa in 1950. He went into exile in 1976, composed and sang struggle songs at anti-apartheid events in Europe and elsewhere, underwent military and intelligence training with the ANC in Angola and Moscow, served in the ANC’s intelligence structures until his return to South Africa in 1991. He served the democratic government as deputy head of the South African Secret Service, as deputy head of the National Intelligence Agency, as director-general of the department of home affairs and as South Africa’s coordinator of intelligence until his retirement in 2007. He is currently Director Operations of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, a policy think tank set up by former senior leaders in the democratic government.

Talk and book Launch in collaboration with Hurst Publishers