Apartheid Guns and Money

A Tale of Profit

Hennie van Vuuren


  • Jacana
  • Cape Town
  • 2017
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 624 pages


In over 600 pages, this meticulously researched book finally lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes, weaving together a treasure trove of newly declassified documents and eyewitness accounts. This is an exposé of the machinery created in defence of apartheid and in support of sanctions busting and the people who profited: heads of states, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups. In creating the apartheid arms money machine they were complicit in a crime against humanity.


[van Vuuren] shows that the struggle against corruption is indeed a human rights struggle and that it can be won. But it must be fought for. – Jacob Dlamini


Hennie van Vuuren is a researcher and anti-corruption activist. He is Director of Open Secrets, a non-profit working on private sector accountability for economic crime and related human rights violations.