In a change from the lecture advertised in the HLSI Programme, Martin Plaut will consider the challenges faced by South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the extent of the damage done by Jacob Zuma, who was forced to stand down last month after nearly a decade in power.
Martin Plaut worked for nearly three decades for the BBC World Service, retiring as Africa Editor, BBC World Service News. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
His publications include “Who Rules South Africa?” with Paul Holden and he is working on “Understanding South Africa” which will be out next year. In April his biography of Robert Mugabe, written with Professor Sue Onslow, is due to be published.