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What I’m Reading: Terry Crawford-Browne

Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine

Eye on the DiamondsTerry Crawford-Browne author of Eye on the Money, and Eye on the Diamonds, published last year offers some insight on his reading choice.

Terry Crawford-Browne was born in Ireland in 1942 but grew up in Libya from 1946 until 1960, going to school on the island of Malta before moving to the US at the age of 17, and to South Africa in 1967. He is the author of Eye on the Money, (2007) and Eye on the Diamonds, published last year.

The Devil in the Detail by Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren is meticulously researched and is essential reading ahead of the public hearings due in March by the Seriti Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal.

As the leader of a team of ANC whistleblowers told me in 1999, the arms deal is just the tip of the iceberg that concerns oil deals, the taxi recapitalisation process, toll roads, drivers’ licences, Cell C, the Coega harbour development, diamond and drug smuggling, weapons trafficking and money laundering. The common denominator is kickbacks to the ANC in return for political protection.

To plagiarise Somerset Maugham’s description of the French Riviera, South Africa is a “sunny place for shady people”. My holiday reading is Barry Sergeant’s The Kebble Collusion, on how within 10 days of Brett Kebble’s murder in 2005, high-priced lawyers, bankers and accountants had “disappeared” R26-billion.

  • Eye on the Diamonds is published by Penguin

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