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May 14, 2018

How to Steal a Country: State Capture and Hopes for the Future in South Africa

Henry Jackson Society

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00 – Monday 14th May 2018

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society,
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

Lord Renwick of Clifton KCMG

Former British Ambassador to South Africa
Author of How to Steal a Country

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Signed copies of “How to Steal a Country”, will be on sale after the event. We accept cash only. 


The decline in political leadership from Nelson Mandela to Jacob Zuma has engulfed South Africa in a serious crisis over the past ‘lost decade’. Based on his personal experience of the key protagonists, and in a quest to evaluate the current state of affairs; former British ambassador to South Africa, Lord Renwick will discuss the astonishing array of rogues and villains, ministers taken captive, crimebusters who are criminals, investigators who don’t investigate, prosecutors who don’t prosecute, red berets, black hearts and compulsive liars, alongside some heroes and an authentic heroine.

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Lord Renwick, who will shed light on how a remarkable press, judiciary and civil society came together to ‘save South Africa’ and its constitution. Lord Renwick will discuss the future of South Africa under President Ramaphosa and warn how the greatest challenges for President Ramaphosa will come from within his own party.

Lord Renwick was British Ambassador to South Africa in the period leading to and following the release of Nelson Mandela and then to the United States (1991- 1995). He previously was head of the Rhodesia Department during the negotiations that led to the independence of Zimbabwe and the Under Secretary responsible for negotiations with the European Union from 1984 to 1987.  He served as Deputy Chairman of the merchant bank, Robert Fleming, then became Vice Chairman, Investment Banking of J P Morgan Europe and Vice Chairman of J P Morgan Cazenove.  He has held numerous other directorships, notably with British Airways, Richemont, BHP Billiton, Fluor Corporation and SABMiller and was the lead Trustee of the Economist.   He currently is Senior Advisor to Richemont, a Director of Stonehage Fleming and of the Excelsior Mining Corporation