oa South African Journal of Science - Learning to doubt and challenge everything related to Eskom and other parastatals in South Africa - Licence to loot: How the plunder of Eskom and other parastatals almost sank South Africa, Stephan Hofstatter - book review

Volume 115 Number 5-6
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



The dark cloud of corruption, mismanagement and, in many cases, unethical conduct in the political arena of the first decade of the 21st century in South Africa is examined in Stephan Hofstatter’s book ‘Licence to Loot: How the Plunder of Eskom and Other Parastatals Almost Sank South Africa’. With a particular focus on Eskom and Transnet, Hofstatter aims to shed light on the state companies’ years of failure. From the first word, it becomes apparent that the book will make the reader doubt everything said by anyone in the public sphere. The author’s experience as an investigative journalist is crucial, not only in the provision of the facts, but also in taking the reader on a quest to discover the truth by putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

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