I am a former African National Congress Member of Parliament in South Africa. I was involved in drafting the country's public financial management legislation, was Deputy Chairman of the Audit Commission and the ranking ANC member of the Public Accounts Committee.
In this latter role I attempted to investigate a $10bn arms deal that was characterised by corruption at the highest levels. When President Thabo Mbeki stopped the committee from investigating and neutered any other attempts to expose the corruption, I resigned from parliament in protest.
I revealed the corrupt deal and its devastating impact on the ANC and South Africa's nascent democracy in my first book, 'After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa's Uncertain Future' (Verso, 2009).
My recent book 'The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade' (Penguin, 2011, 2012) has been described by theWashington Post as 'the most complete account [of the global arms trade] ever written' and by the Independent as 'a singularly powerful study ... a kind of hybrid: something close to a work of reference combined with a gripping and sometimes amazing piece of story-telling.'
I am a Director of Corruption Watch UK, in which capacity I continue to investigate corruption, especially in the arms trade, in co-operation with prosecutors, journalists, NGOs and a range of whistleblowers.