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Instead of soul-searching, enigma-breaking or ‘biography’, call this book a displacement of certain fictions — an engagement with many of the myths and invidious discourses that have piled themselves high around Mbeki.

— Ronald Suresh Roberts

Book information

ISBN: 978-1-919855-64-6

Trim size: 150 x 230mm

Binding: Paperback

Page count: 297

Imagery: None

Price: R299.00

Genre: Politics

Publication Date: June 2007



Known as a fearless writer, Ronald Suresh Roberts explores our former President’s intellectual traditions and elaborates on the central ideas out of which Mbeki was, and the ANC are, governing South Africa. Fit to Govern examines the difficult issues (e.g. Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, neo-colonialism) that have faced President Thabo Mbeki and casts fresh light on Mbeki’s logic.

With his wide knowledge of history, politics, literature and debates in South Africa’s media — and having had unprecedented access to the president himself, Roberts is uniquely placed to write with authority about President Mbeki. His book places the president and South Africa in a global context, recognises the many challenges that inform government and celebrates South Africa’s ongoing transformation.


Ronald Suresh Roberts

Ronald Suresh Roberts, a graduate of Balliol College Oxford and Harvard Law School, was born in London while his West Indian and Indo-Malaysian parents were studying there. He grew up in Trinidad, worked in New York and then arrived in Johannesburg in 1994 as the coordinator of an international election-monitoring delegation. Roberts is author of Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd (1995) and co-author of Reconciliation Through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid’s Criminal Governance (1997). In December 2005, he published No Cold Kitchen — a Biography of Nadine Gordimer with STE Publishers. Roberts resides in the United Kingdom.