Andrew was an ANC Member of Parliament in South Africa where he was the ranking ANC member on the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned from Parliament in 2001 in protest at the manner in which the ANC refused to countenance an independent and comprehensive enquiry into a multi-billion dollar arms deal which was tainted by allegations of high level corruption. The deal continues to bedevil South African politics: current President Jacob Zuma faced charges of corruption in relation to the deal, which was championed by former President Thabo Mbeki at the time he claimed the country could not afford to provide medication to the millions of South Africans living with HIV or AIDS.
Andrew recounted his experience and revealed extensive details of the arms deal in his best-selling memoir After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future originally published in SA in late 2007 and internationally by Verso in 2009.
He comments on South African politics and global corruption issues in a wide range of media including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Prospect
Andrew chairs the Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign, FoTAC, a UK based organisation campaigning for access to treatment for people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa.
He is currently working on a book, provisionally titled Merchants of Death, on the global arms trade and its impact on accountable democracy which will be published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin in late 2010.
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