A realignment is needed as the current systems have lost the competence to midwife a new nation out of the formative experiences of the last 25 years.
The book shows that the claim made by some analysts that it was the fall of communism that prompted moves towards negotiations to end apartheid is off the mark.
Although a commited veteran of the ANC, Mlangeni was no party apparatchik. He was outspoken against endemic corruption in government.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
It seems that former president FW De Klerk continues to find it hard to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
In his new capacity as President of South Africa, FW de Klerk directly experienced for the first time how the international community had abandoned its support for minority white rule.
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa's governing party, the ANC.
The sympathetic take on Pik Botha as a man of peace and a frustrated democrat is a travesty.
The making of South Africa's Constitution took six long years. Now, 20 years later, the process of drawing up this revered document is being tainted with myth making.