The Things that Could Not be Said

From {A}ids to {Z}imbabwe

I admire the courage with which Frank Chikane engages and reflects on the crucial period in our country’s history he is writing about.’ – Nomboniso Gasa


Under President Thabo Mbeki, the presidency came in for a great deal of criticism for its handling of various matters. In The Things That Could Not be Said, Frank Chikane, director-general in the presidency of South Africa from 1996 to 2008, responds with a collection that tackles a range of key issues, including:

  • Threats to state security;
  • Drugs, pharmaceuticals and the poor;
  • Corruption;
  • Thabo Mbeki and HIV and AIDS;
  • Zimbabwe;
  • The Growth, Employment and Redistribution programme (GEAR) and the ‘Class of 1996’;
  • The media as a target of intelligence projects;
  • Freedom of expression and state secrets; and
  • The Jackie Selebi and Vusi Pikoli matter.


Author of the bestseller of Eight Days in September, which this book elaborates on as well as the autobiography No Life of My Own.

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