FORMER political activist and academic Raymond Suttner launched his latest book in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday night. The book is titled Recovering Democracy in South Africa. Addressing a small crowd gathered at the launch at the Protea Hotel, Suttner said the book was a small contribution meant to reignite the debate about the state of democracy in the country. “The current democracy we have now, is not the democracy we fought for. We fought for popular democracy where people will be free to live their lives. We did not fight just for the right to vote every five years,” he said. Suttner is a former political activist who was jailed under the apartheid government and placed under house arrest for years for his political activities in the ANC and UDF. His book deals with the challenges faced by the country and problems that have emerged under the current leadership. Suttner was quick to point out that his book was not about bashing President Jacob Zuma or the current leadership but to examine the mistakes that are happening, some of which could be traced back to when he was still an active member and one of the decision-makers in the party. He said the book looks at the decline of politics contrasted with the rise of law enforcement in political spaces.