Sut­tner dis­sects SA’s democ­racy in lat­est book


FOR­MER po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist and aca­demic Ray­mond Sut­tner launched his lat­est book in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg on Thurs­day night.

The book is ti­tled Re­cov­er­ing Democ­racy in South Africa.

Ad­dress­ing a small crowd gath­ered at the launch at the Protea Ho­tel, Sut­tner said the book was a small con­tri­bu­tion meant to reignite the de­bate about the state of democ­racy in the coun­try.

“The cur­rent democ­racy we have now, is not the democ­racy we fought for. We fought for popular democ­racy where peo­ple will be free to live their lives. We did not fight just for the right to vote ev­ery five years,” he said.

Sut­tner is a for­mer po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist who was jailed un­der the apartheid gov­ern­ment and placed un­der house ar­rest for years for his po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in the ANC and UDF.

His book deals with the chal­lenges faced by the coun­try and prob­lems that have emerged un­der the cur­rent lead­er­ship.

Sut­tner was quick to point out that his book was not about bash­ing Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma or the cur­rent lead­er­ship but to ex­am­ine the mis­takes that are hap­pen­ing, some of which could be traced back to when he was still an ac­tive mem­ber and one of the de­ci­sion­mak­ers in the party.

He said the book looks at the decline of pol­i­tics con­trasted with the rise of law en­force­ment in po­lit­i­cal spa­ces.


Ray­mond Sut­tner at the launch of his lat­est book in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

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