n Journal for Contemporary History - A spook's progress: From making war to making peace, Maritz Spaarwater : book review

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Maritz Spaarwater, the author of , served as a senior officer (reached the rank of colonel) in the former South African Defence Force (SADF), first in the Special Forces and later in Military Intelligence. Of utmost importance is the fact that he served as Chief Director Operations in the former National Intelligence Service (NIS). In this capacity, he was among the first in the apartheid government to start official discussions on foreign soil with top leaders in the exiled leadership of the ANC. Later in his career, as a Chief Director in the former Department of Constitutional Development, he become involved in the CODESA negotiations in a support role and thus played a role in the events that resulted in a new South African constitutional dispensation in 1994.

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