By Jacques Pauw
This was an excellent, extremely depressing overview of the sheer scale of corruption that invades this country from the top down. Author Jacques Pauw writes about the complex networks of criminality and sleazy webs of dishonesty with courage and clarity. A must-read, but be prepared to be devastated by just how widespread and deep the corruption, how totally disinterested Zuma and his cronies are in the country and its citizens, and the ease with which our president and his keepers have managed to run the country as if it were their private domain. Shocking and brilliant.
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.