These allegations are contained in an updated and abridged edition of \u2018People\u2019s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa\u2019 by Dr Anthea Jeffery, Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in which the people\u2019s war that gave the ANC the \u2018state power\u2019 it needed to implement its Soviet-inspired national democratic revolution (NDR) is analysed. The book is to be launched in Johannesburg on 4 June.\u00a0\n\n\n\nShe argues that the NDR, which aims to take the country by incremental steps from a free market to a socialist and then communist system, is the key reason the country is doing so badly in so many spheres. But the NDR - which is the second part of a two-stage revolution - is hard to grasp without a sound understanding of the first stage: the people\u2019s war waged by the ANC from 1984 to 1994. \n\n\n\nThe truth about the people\u2019s war has long been consigned to George Orwell\u2019s \u2018memory hole\u2019, while struggle myths abound. She says few South Africans know about the ANC\u2019s visit to communist Vietnam in 1978. There the struggle fighters was instructed on the formula for a people\u2019s war, as well as how that formula should be applied to destroy the ANC\u2019s black rivals in the Black Consciousness movement and the IFP. \u201cFew know that the tripling of the \u2018kill\u2019 rate in the early 1990s was not the work of the \u2018third force\u2019, but was instead orchestrated by the ANC with the help of the 13 000 Umkhonto fighters it was able to bring back under the cover of the negotiations process. \n\n\n\nAnthea Jeffery\u2019s penetrating analysis of the people\u2019s war has been abridged and updated, and now includes a brief synopsis of the NDR to date. The book - and its importance in understanding the past, the present, and the future - will be discussed at its Johannesburg launch on 4 June 2019 by Anthea herself, along with former Azapo president Ishmael Mkhabela and John Kane-Berman, IRR policy fellow and former chief executive. IRR CEO Frans Cronje will facilitate the discussion.