“Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposes the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government: a cancerous cabal that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women. As Zuma fights for his political life following the 2017 Gupta emails leak, this cabal – the president’s keepers – ensures that after years of ruinous rule, he remains in power and out of prison. But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet? Journey with Pauw as he explores the shadow mafia state. From KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to the corridors of power in Pretoria and Johannesburg – and even to clandestine meetings in Russia. It’s a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers as Pauw prises open the web of deceit that surrounds the fourth president of the democratic era. ‘An amazing piece of work, stuffed with anecdote and evidence. It will light fires all through the state and the ANC.’ Peter Bruce ‘This is dynamite. Dynamite that will shake the foundations of the halls of power.’ Max du Preez”
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Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated. In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.
Yet, despite the intense media scrutiny, Madonsela remains something of an enigma. Who is this soft-spoken woman who stood up to state corruption Where did she develop her views and resolve This book attempts to answer these questions, and others, by exploring many aspects of Madonsela’s life: her childhood years and family, her involvement in student politics, her contribution to the constitution, her life in law.
Madonsela once described her role as Public Protector as being akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the ruler. When the sounds of the exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, Madonsela said, that is when the whispering has failed.
No Longer Whispering to Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.
Softcover, 254 pages, 233 x 152 mm
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The Guptas, arguably South Africa’s most infamous family, have dominated news headlines for many years. But the landing of a commercial airliner packed with wedding guests at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013 sparked the most severe onslaught of public outrage the politically connected family had endured up to that fateful day. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans. The Republic of Gupta examines the various controversies surrounding the family and explores the path that took the brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta from an obscure town in India to the inner circle of South African president Jacob Zuma.
This book investigates:
– What were the Guptas up to during Thabo Mbeki’s tenure as president
– What role did they play in Zuma’s dramatic rise to power
– How do they get senior government officials to do their bidding
– What is it like being in the family’s employ
– What does state capture really involve
Unpacking these and other questions, Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into The Republic of Gupta.
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The first nine months of Donald Trumps term were stormy, outrageous – and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:- What President Trumps staff really thinks of him- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama- Why FBI director James C omey was really fired- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner couldnt be in the same room- Who is really directing the Trump administrations strategy in the wake of Bannons firing- What the secret to communicating with Trump is- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The ProducersNever before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolffs Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
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Enemy of the People is the first definitive account of Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a people fought back. When Jacob Zuma took over the leadership of the ANC one muggy Polokwane evening in December 2007, he inherited a country where GDP was growing by more than 6% per annum, a party enjoying the support of two-thirds of the electorate, and a unified tripartite alliance. Today, South Africa is caught in the grip of a patronage network, the economy is floundering and the ANC is staring down the barrel of a defeat at the 2019 general elections. How did we get here Zuma first brought to heel his party, Africa’s oldest and most revered liberation movement, subduing and isolating dissidents associated with his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. Then saw the emergence of the tenderpreneur and those attempting to capture the state, as well as a network of family, friends and business associates that has become so deeply embedded that it has, in effect, replaced many parts of government. Zuma opened up the state to industrial scale levels of corruption, causing irreparable damage to state enterprises, institutions of democracy, and the ANC itself. But it hasnt all gone Zumas way. Former allies have peeled away. A new era of activism has arisen and outspoken civil servants have stepped forward to join a cross section of civil society and a robust media. As a divided ANC square off for the elective conference in December, where there is everything to gain or to lose, award winning journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit offer a brilliant and up to date account of the Zuma era.
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Written like a thriller in the engaging style of his previous bestsellers about the liberation struggle, this book takes up the talein 2004 when Ronnie Kasrils became Minister of Intelligence, and continues to the present day.
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Who are the greatest villains, direst leaders andmost offensive personalities to have spread theirregrettable influence throughout the modern world?
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is credited with driving through the deal between the apartheid government and the African National Congress that was at the heart of South Africas democratic constitution. The question that everyone is asking is: can the man in the middle lead from the front Ray Hartley, author and seasoned journalist, attempts to answer that question.
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What will South Africa look like in 2030 And how will the next 15 years unfold Since leading scenario planner Frans Cronje published his bestseller A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years, the country has changed rapidly. Political tensions have increased, economic performance has weakened and more and more South Africans are taking their frustrations to the street. What does this mean for the country’s future and how will it all end
Softcover, 224 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 109260
This is an exposé of the machinery created in defence of apartheid and the people who made this possible: heads of state, arms dealers, aristocrats, plutocrats, senators, bankers, spies, journalists and members of secret lobby groups.
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When all around is crumbling, when fake news and zipped lips conceal the truth, Zapiro comes to the rescue. With the dissecting eye of a surgeon, the rapier-like point of his pen exposes flimflam, and reveals with a line what lies behind the action.
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A fresh, different perspective on South African politics. Many common political arguments come pre-packaged in a very old and dusty box – and in this book, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh sets out to dismantle that box. The self-evident truths are not so inarguable. He argues that free education is far from impossible, land reform is not the first step to chaos, and the media is not free…In this incisive, informed book we find challenges to commonly held opinions and new solutions to old problems.
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Few countries in transition have managed to get a grip on their public fi nances as well as South Africa did after 1994. Now the nation’s credibility and the democratic project lie in tatters as we teeter on the brink of a political and fi scal cliff . How did we end up in this mess, and can we pull back from the brink? Awardwinning journalist Claire Bisseker unpacks the crisis.
Softcover, 240 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 112770
After Nelson Mandela’s release, the NP government faced the ANC at the negotiation table at Codesa. Niël Barnard, head of National Intelligence, was central to this process.
Softcover, 320 pages, 213 x 137 mm
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Political governance in SA continues to collapse. Scandals of corruption, evidence of nepotism and a general decline in the quality of leadership are there for all to see. In the view of the authors, this state ofaff airs has its origins in the messiness and collapse of the African National Congress. This book seeks to answer the question of the fate that awaits the country.
Softcover, 312 pages, 198 x 130 mm
Product Code: 112790
What kind of president will Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma be if she is chosen at the ANC’s December 2017 congress? Journalist Carien du Plessis looks at Dlamini-Zuma’s early years, education and involvement in the struggle; her role as a cabinet minister; and her achievements as African Union
Commission chairperson. The book explores how her personal relationship with President Jacob Zuma will influence her leadership.
Softcover, 208 pages, 210 x 134 mm
Product Code: 112740
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What can we expect from the 2019 election A possible sea change, says veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert, who uses by-election results and registration figures to show how the ANC monolith is crumbling and project expected results.Given the continued flow of support from the ruling party to opposition parties, coalitions – on a provincial and a national level – are the future of South African politics, according to Joubert. But which parties are willing to go into a coalition and with whom Will the ANC turn to the EFF to bolster its support if it loses a big percentage of voters in 2019 Or could the DA and the EFF overcome their ideological differences to oust the ANCJoubert, who has navigated the labyrinth of South African politics for twenty years, takes the reader to the dark corners of the political stage where the deals are made and where self-interest and power play collide to tip the scales of history. In exclusive interviews, key political leaders share their preferences and principles with him, showing the way to our political future.Joubert explains how and why the DA and the EFF manage to work together despite obvious policy differences, who the movers and shakers are in the greater opposition project (including the roles of the IFP, the ACDP and the UDM) and what the personal dynamics between opposition leaders are.This book also looks at what makes or breaks a coalition, how the first moves are made and lifts the veil on the dos and don’ts of sensitive political negotiation.
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Why Zuma asked Atul Gupta. We have close relations with everyone in the ANC. If Zuma is ever ousted, I can tell you for sure that the next one in line from the ANC would be close to us as well. We are ‘Banias’, and we know how to keep our business interests protected, Gupta added.A senior broadcast journalist from India is headhunted to lead the team that’s been tasked to launch the latest privately owned 24-hour television news channel in South Africa. He is lured with promises of a unique professional challenge where he will have the chance to empower young black reporters to tell the stories of ordinary South Africans; train technicians in using the world’s best news gathering technology and state-of-the-art broadcast systems; and create a world-class product across the African continent.But soon he will learn how the influential family who had hired him and the highest office in the country are inextricably linked in a bid to create a propaganda tool that will not only advance a clear political agenda, but also position itself to loot state coffers of millions of rand. This and the flagrant disregard for the law by flouting work visa regulations and exploiting young black South Africans and migrant Indian workers are but a few of the issues that made him realise that he was caught in a web of lies, deceit and political thuggery.Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV is Rajesh Sundaram’s story of how he led a small team of Indian broadcast professionals and South African interns to launch the television news channel ANN7 under extremely tight deadlines and the power-grabbing and money-hungry mogul Atul Gupta and his cronies breathing down their necks. All this results in Sundaram quitting his job in a public spat, while his life is threatened, his health deteriorates and his continued loyalty to the vulnerable at ANN7 is tested.GuptaLeaks gave South Africans the facts and Indentured will give the reader the understanding and depth of the true nature of the Zuma-Gupta cabal.
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It is often thought that Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani were assassinated by apartheid forces simply because they were freedom fighters. But Evelyn Groenink’s painstaking research, conducted over the past 30 years, shows that they were much more than that: they also stood against arms traders and mafias that had invaded the liberation movements. It was their fight against corruption that cost them their lives.One of the most explosive revelations in this book concerns the murder of Chris Hani. Groenink reveals how the police buried evidence and how the state’s brave star eyewitness in all likelihood hadn’t even been at the murder scene.Beside the fact that Hani is widely revered as the incorruptible fighter who is sorely missed, the mystery of the murder itself still fascinates South Africans too. Was there a wider conspiracy This book says there was and it substantiates it meticulously, with evidence – inter alia – from the police docket itself. With regard to the Dulcie September case, as Dulcie’s nephew says in an endorsement of the book, no one has done such thorough research. And certainly no one has, to date, revealed why exactly Dulcie had to die. Until this book, that is.At once murder mystery and personal journey of an investigative journalist, the book speaks to a yearning for the fight against corruption to be successful. Political mafia deals are, after all, still making victims in South Africa: Groenink refers to the Mbombela stadium murder of honest city councillor Jimmy Mohlala in 2010, and the mysterious disappearance in 2017 of South Africa’s Mr Nuclear Senti Thobejane. Nevertheless – which would be important to the reader looking for light at the end of the tunnel – she also notes hope in the strong anti-corruption movement that is growing in South Africa today.
Item Code: BN00980
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