Friday, November 10, 2017

Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back

By Adriaan Basson & Pieter Du Toit

Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, by Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit, 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 hasn’t all gone Zuma’s 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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Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Biggest Political Exposé to Hit South Africa

The BIGGEST political exposé to hit South Africa by JACQUES PAUW

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

"Once our government starts ‘banning’ books and acting against authors, we are on a slippery, apartheid-style slope" - one that is also tantamount to "full-blown censorship, the suppression of freedom of expression, and the violation of our Constitution," - statement by SaveSA

Press Release from NB Publishers:
November 3, 2017

NB Publishers, the publishers of The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw, has received a cease-and-desist letter from the State Security Agency (SSA) demanding that we withdraw the book from the stores and retract parts of the book.

The SSA is further threatening to go to court to get an “interdict preventing [NB Publishers] from further distribution, further printing, publishing or promotion of the book” should we not withdraw it from the book shops, and “institute criminal charges against you and any other individual concerned in relation to those parts of the book which are in violation of the relevant statutes.”

The SSA says in the lawyer’s letter, sent this week, that: “… we record that the book contains parts that are in contravention of the Intelligence Service Act, Act 65 of 2002”.

“As our client is constitutionally mandated to ensure the security of the State and protect the identity of its members and agents, it has a duty to act in instances where such security is breached either by disclosure of its legitimate operational methods, classified documents, as well as the identity of its agents,” says the letter.

This follows the publication of Jacques Pauw’s explosive new book, The President’s Keepers, by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, on 29 October 2017.

In the book, the highly respected journalist and author Pauw – who exposed the apartheid-era Vlakplaas death squads when he worked for the anti-apartheid Vrye Weekblad newspaper – blows the lid off South Africa’s gangster state. The President’s Keepers exposes how millions of rands of tax payers’ money flowed into the bank accounts of bogus spies among other stunning revelations about President Jacob Zuma’s compromised government and dirty tricks in SA’s law-enforcement agencies.

NB Publishers stands by our author, Jacques Pauw, and the book, The President’s Keepers. Our attorney will respond to the SSA’s letter.

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Wish I could read this faster
By Sonja O on October 29, 2017
Gripping 1st couple of pages, couldn't wait to finish the chapter to write a review. If you've read, Rogue by Johann van Loggerenberg, Blood on their Hands by Gen Johan Booysen, Betrayel of the Promise, Peaceful Revolution by Niel Barnard (so many others to mention but these are recent), then I think Mr Pauw's book is about to fill in some gaps and judging by his writing style, I'm not going to get much done but read.

Shock and horror
By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2017
Absolute shock and horror for a country that once had much potential. If just a quarter of the content of this book is true, South Africa is in deep deep trouble. What lays ahead? Nobody can tell. But it doesn't look good by any account. Countries don't revive from damage like this by mere replacement of a compromised president and cabinet. The damage is deep. It will take many years to repair. And who will be there to do so? Good luck, South Africa, you're going to need it.

An extraordinary book
By JH on October 31, 2017
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. It is a book that every South African should read.

“He is a gangster like us”!
By Paul Pregnolato on November 2, 2017
I bought the hard copy last night at Exclusive Books at the V&A - I’m 128 pages in and It is absolutely mind-boggling at how utterly corrupt Zuma and his gang are - Nkandla is small fry compared to some of the revelations in this book - and how the machinations of a coeterie of greedy, unprincipled and corrupt thugs have brought this country to the brink of economic implosion. One comment by Glenn Agliotti (he of Brett Kebble imfamy) sums it up best:

“He [Zuma] is a gangster like us”

Fascinating and frightening in equal measure and a definite must-have if you have half a brain and give a damn about South Africa.

Brilliant journalism as always from Jacques Pauw
By Mike Campbell on October 29, 2017
Absolutely mind blowing! Brilliant journalism as always from Jacques Pauw.

Reads like a thriller
By Monica Rubombora on November 3, 2017
Rushed to buy the book because the headline news was that it was about to get banned. Just read through a few chapters & thus far it does read like a thriller. Still not sure what to make of it yet.

Five Stars
By Anthony Collins on November 3, 2017
A brilliant expose of the Zuma goverment in South Africa

Informing the public
By justin beswick on November 3, 2017
Crucial information now in the public domain that further informs the citizens of South Africa about the ongoing corruption around Zuma and his cronies.

The President's Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison


UPDATE - 5 NOV 2017
Facebook message by Jacques Pauw, dated 5 November 2017
"I have been inundated with requests from people who want to pay me for the free PDF copies of The President’s Keepers that they downloaded from the internet. I am not going to accept any money. This is my take: if you have a PDF copy and can afford to buy a book, please do it. Erase the PDF and buy a book or the kindle version. If you can't find a book now, read the PDF but you should still order a book. If you cannot afford a book, go for it and read it. You have my blessing. This is not about money. It is about your support that is going to enable us to legally lock horns with SARS, the State Security Agency and whoever else drags us to court. We face the potential of a multitude of legal challenges, both criminal and civil. If you read the book, you will realize that it is a tried and tested strategy of the State to legally worn out their enemies. This might well be another of those cases. It was incredibly brave of Nasionale Boeke and Tafelberg to publish this book, and we have already incurred substantial legal costs in the run-up to publication. It has the potential to be massive. According to the SSA, it will start this week when they bring an urgent application to remove the book from the shelves. We are not intimidated. We are printing even more books. Just Exclusives Books has ordered another 15,000 copies. There will be books available. You can order so long if you can't find a copy right away." - Jacques Pauw (Facebook)

UPDATE - 9 NOV 2017
“There was a time I was regarded as a communist. There was a time when my mother asked me to write under a pseudonym because I was a disgrace to the family…” – Jacques Pauw on YouTube

Video published on 9 Nov 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

South African Farm Attacks – an evil within

Cristopher Gumbi

Claims of kingpins in charge of well-planned crime operations with connections in government, highly trained hit squads using children to secure intelligence in farm attacks, occasional acts of intimidation to force land owners off their property and inhuman physical trauma inflicted on victims of such heinous crimes speak of the evil that characterises incidents committed against inhabitants of some of the remotest locations in South Africa.

Limpopo is no exception and when embarking on research into farm attacks University of Limpopo (UL) research assistant Cristopher Gumbi couldn’t possibly have been prepared for unearthing the sorrow bottled up in recollections of physical trauma shared by victims of such crimes. Shedding tears with survivors as they revisited the horrors of the past, he got a glimpse of a form of crime that threatens food security and, in turn, the economy of the country.

His findings were consolidated in a 117-page thesis for a Master of Arts degree from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UL, which he obtained in September this year. Gumbi’s investigation of the motivational factors for farm attacks and its consequential injurious phenomena looks into such crimes committed in parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga between 2005 and 2015, bringing him into contact with 23 individuals and groupings who have all been survivors.

Before getting started with the interview Gumbi pointed at his predominantly monotone outfit in solidarity with scores of South Africans commemorating Black Monday, the countrywide action commemorating lives lost in farm attacks and survivors thereof. From the study the reader gets varying perspectives of the situation as Gumbi delves into a decade of attacks through conversations with survivors from both genders, who varied in age from 38 to 88 years.

Harrowing accounts made him question, among others, the need for inflicting physical trauma upon victims during the orchestration of attacks, he remarked during the interview. “The violent nature of attacks is amply demonstrated by such actions as beatings, tying victims down with cable ties, threats of burning victims with hot water or poisoning them and shooting at first sight,” he notes in his study.

Without exception all respondents stated that attacks which occurred on their farms were well-planned, mentions Gumbi. “There is a clear indication that attackers conduct thorough surveillance of their target and surroundings before they pounce. This shows the high amount of intelligence and patience they put in, in making sure their plan succeeds.” He quotes a victim who stated that the assailants were picked-up by a vehicle after the attack. “This confirms the idea of a hit squad and a getaway car as a form of organised attack,” he states.

He further writes that all of the surviving victims mentioned that the attacks against them were linked to a crime syndicate, with the chief aim of robbing farmers of their money, valuables and weapons in order to fund their operations. In one instance he quotes a victim saying “One of the attackers informed my son that he is part of a crime syndicate and that they cannot remain in custody… These cell groups have kingpins in every town who use kids for stealing because the kids cannot be prosecuted… This is a well-planned operation involving Police, public prosecutors, judges, magistrates to high ranking officials of the government…”

Attackers with military training
Some of the victims maintained the belief that their attackers were a mix of South African and Zimbabwean with military training, according to the information contained in the study. In one incident a victim recalled that the attackers collected all spent cartridges on the scene. In another attack the assailants allegedly ran more than 4 km while carrying rifles to their getaway vehicle and changed clothes in order for them not to be recognised. Gumbi reaches the conclusion that an attack on a farmstead from four sides during one such incident, which resulted in the farmer being shot in the head, indicated a form of formal training on the part of the assailants.

In 47% of the cases money and jewellery were not targeted while 65% of the respondents stated that their attackers were not very interested in other items but their weapons. What the researcher had established though, was that attackers always knew the arrangement of the targeted farmsteads, where the safes were and the weapons kept. It led to the inference that the attacks should have been orchestrated with the help of insiders, who allegedly included teens living on farms.

Attacks believed to be form of intimidation
According to Gumbi’s research 78% of the respondents who reported farm attacks related a form of intimidation, aimed at driving farmers off their land. A female victim informed him that she had believed the attack on her farm was a form of intimidation, because the attackers never stole anything but just started firing through the windows of the house without prior warning. “More than 60 shots were fired. My husband shot back with a .38 revolver. He (name withheld) tossed (the) phone to me to call for help. They shot him (name withheld) in the head. They never came inside. The attackers shouted that they will kill all…”

A farmer who reported that he was attacked by twelve men informed the researcher that one drew a gun and started shooting. “When asked what their primary objective of attacking the farm was, they responded that it was not about cattle, money, guns or jewellery, but about taking control of the farm.”

Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents stated that they knew the attackers. A respondent who was attacked twice, in 2007 and 2014, said his wife knew one of the attackers because she recognised his voice during the initial attack.

Gumbi quoted survivors who were asked whether farms with poor security were singled out for attacks as saying “Poor security is not a contributing factor; it is all about brutal revenge and financial purposes” and “I don’t think poor security is the point here. These attacks are orchestrated by some leader somewhere who wants to drive farmers off their land.”

Gumbi further remarks that farmers do not feel that they are receiving the necessary service delivery from the South African Police Service. From the responses it is clear that the Police are not doing enough to assist the farmers during and after an attack, he writes. “Negligence and dereliction of duties are evident from the responses of respondents. Serious allegations concerning negligence with firearms raise concerns.”

Farm attacks need to be addressed holistically hence, the researcher concedes, more role players such as all government departments and non-profit organisations need to play a more active role in improving security on farms to protect food security.

Gumbi points out that unless security on farms is made a national priority, farm attacks will continue to increase. He recommends that it gets prioritised and discussed as part of South Africa’s national agenda, particularly in Parliament. He also recommends that racial stereotypes in farming urgently get addressed. “The South African justice system needs to recognise farm attacks as a criminal charge of its own with a strict mandatory minimum sentence applied; this will serve as a form of deterrence to attackers.”

Gumbi expresses great concern over farm attacks in South Africa not being given the necessary attention by the government, considering the effects such crimes have on the economy and the well-being of victims, families and communities.

According to him South Africa has the responsibility to view farm attacks as a violation of human rights and a threat to the country’s economy and food security. “The rural farming community contributes substantially to the growth and development of the South African economy.”


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