Author            : Ronnie Kasrils

Publication    : BODY OF WORK



Ronald “Ronnie” Kasrils (born 15 November 1938) is a South African politician. He was Minister for Intelligence Services from 27 April 2004 to 25 September 2008. A commander in Umkhonto weSizwe from its inception in 1961 until 1990, he was a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1987 to 2007 as well as a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) from December 1986 to 2007. Kasrils has written several early books on Bertrand Russell and poetry; many articles on politics, defence and water & forestry issues.  He is author of the best-selling memoir Armed and Dangerous, which was first published in 1993 and updated and re-published in 1998 and 2004. It has been translated into German, Russian and Spanish and the Alan Paton Award-winning The Unlikely Secret Agent, which has been translated into French.  In 2012 Ronnie Kasrils wrote a foreword to the new book called London Recruits – The Secret War against Apartheid in which stories of white non-South Africans who were recruited by Kasrils to go on numerous missions to South Africa planting bucket Bombs and other propaganda materials. Kasrils published book in 2017 on his experience of working with South African President Jacob Zuma called A Simple Man.