The President's Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prisonby Jacques Pauw Published 15 Oct 2017
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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.
"The President's Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison" Reviews
The book ends with words quoted from Richard Poplak,
“Countries are no longer countries, but fiefdoms run by tiny hyper-elites, exclusively for their own benefit”.
This statement suggest that there was a time in history where politicians served people and life was better. I don’t know such a time in Afrika.
In his memoirs, Birth of a Dream Weaver, Ngugi says, “Your politician will demand that the hungry feed him, the thirsty give him water, the homeless build him palaces, the barefoot give him shoes, and the naked cloth him. The more he has, the more he will pad himself, even with the products of the ism he says he is fighting.”
On his last encounter with his high school principal, Edward Francis, before heading to Makerekere University, Francis advised Ngugi “whatever you do, don’t be a politician. All politicians, black, white, and brown are unmitigated scoundrels”.
This review is not written by me, but I could not say it any better. The author of the review, Christopher Dean, has given me permission to share it here:
"Never in my lifetime has the future of my life, and the future of my country, been so threatened. I didn’t live through the late Apartheid years but I hear my elders say day after day this is how it was. It is a feeling in the air and in the pit of your stomach every morning that the world around you is not well and is constantly getting worse.
Jacques Pauw, an anti-Apartheid journalist, did live through those dark days and he does feel the regression back into a world of thugs and spies under Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Courageously, he and his sources have, to use former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan’s words, “joined the dots” between the obviously corrupt and those in the shadows who support these deviants and villains in their corrupt conquests against the people of this land.
You must read this book. You must know your enemies. Just as they have known you and have enjoyed your tax money these last 10 years.
Buy this book in defiance of a gangster-state government that would ban the truth. More power to the author and may his words inspire action against the corrupt ANC government led by Jacob Zuma."
This is an extraordinary book, laying bare the awful cancerous rot that keeps Jacob Zuma in power and out of jail. It reads like a spy thriller. If only it were fiction, not nightmarish fact. In devastating, forensic detail, Jacques Pauw peels away the layers of corruption and criminality to expose a toxic presidency and the coterie of crooks and gangsters destroying South Africa. Read an extract here: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-ti... But more importantly, go out and buy a copy today. It is a book that every South African should read.
Corruption. We have all heard about it but we typically think back to Nkandla and the firepool joke and "wasnt the money paid back?" and conclude that that was the extent of the corruption. Not so! Read this book! Our society has been corrupted to the core. Good people have been thrown by the way side so that billions could be stolen from the citizens by a corrupt cabal from the top down. Surprisingly a person I know had a key role to play in this book (on the side of justice of course - I bet he has a story to tell!). This is an extremely serious situation for South Africa where the looters seem to be continuing to loot with impunity. How will it all play out?
This is a must read for all South Africans. We have been watching the decay of our state institutions and feeling helpless about the direction our country is going in. 'The President's Keepers' is a prescient reminder that there are many good people in this country that are fighting back, and that each of us has a duty to end our inaction and take a stand before it really is too late.
It is an enthralling read and a real page turner that I could not put down. Parts of this book almost read like a spy thriller. Sadly though it is not fiction and this is the reality we live in. It is a testament to how desensitised we, as South Africans, have become and how little we expect from our government, that nothing in this book is really surprising. Uncovering the truth and exposing the criminals and thugs for what they really are is the first step in a long journey towards taking our country back.
Bravo to the author for his bravery in taking on this project. Let's hope there will be many more books like this in the near future.