A retired politician launches his book
DURBAN – RETIRED politician Dr Ismail Vadi is expected to speak about his book, The Political Backbencher, in the Baitul Hikmah Hall in Kenilworth Road, Sydenham, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Vadi launched his book in Durban on Sunday at the Hyper Heritage Book and Art Fair.
Derek Hanekom said he served with Vadi in Parliament from the dawn of South African democracy in 1994 until his redeployment in 2010 to the Gauteng provincial legislature.
“As we both represented the ANC, we experienced parliamentary life from a similar political perspective. This book is a magnificent collection of anecdotes. It refreshes my own memory of the drama that takes place behind the scenes of Parliament, ”Hanekom said.
In addition to chronicling his personal experiences of 16 years in the backbenchers, Vadi reflects on some important political developments that have taken place during these years.
The book is written in the typical Vadi style. He’s smart and funny while being sharp and erudite. In choosing the title, The Political Backbencher, in its deliberately unpretentious way, seeks to downplay its own stature and contribution to these sacred chambers in Cape Town. His influence on many issues was far greater than that of a backbench MP.
Vadi was elected an ANC deputy in the first democratic elections on April 27, 1994. He served on the portfolio committees on education, communications and the standing joint committee on intelligence. In 2010, he was appointed a member of the Executive Board of Roads and Transportation of Gauteng. He taught at the Faculty of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He is currently a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria.
He has published on education, liberation history, and security studies in South Africa.