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Ramaphosa01Deputy 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 Africa’s democratic constitution.

He was the ANC’s lead negotiator and the man who persuaded one of the most recalcitrant racist governments in the world to buy into a settlement based on one of its most enlightened bills of rights. But once the ink had dried on the constitution, Ramaphosa found himself politically sidelined. Before the negotiations he had been the head of the country’s largest mineworkers union.


Afterwards, he went into business after concluding a landmark black empowerment deal. A talented negotiator capable of driving a hard bargain between implacable enemies, Ramaphosa has always been ‘the man in the middle’.


Now, as Jacob Zuma’s presidency enters its final stretch, Ramaphosa has re-entered politics and is one of a handful of candidates to take over as ANC president and as president of South Africa. Should he succeed, he will take over a country that has been battered by years of corruption and misrule which flourished under Zuma.

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 by looking at how Ramaphosa has handled the key challenges he has faced in the unions, in business and in politics.


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Fuzile gave Enemy of the People authors Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit a starting recollection of the days leading up to Nene's removal and the few days Van Rooyen lasted in office.

He recalls the moment he heard the news in a chapter titled, "the day everything changed", and explains the madness that ensued.

Fuzile, on Nene’s capable leadership as Finance minister “One of the amazing things about Nene was his ability to take tough decisions. We started to reduce expenditure during Gordhan’s time, but went further under Nene – and we raised taxes. We were adamant that we were not going to give up our fiscal sovereignty and end up at the doors of the (International Monetary Fund) IMF or World Bank, because then you can kiss your macroeconomic and social policies goodbye.” Newshub


In June 2010, Zuma went on a state visit to India. He was accompanied by a number of ministers, including then public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan, a struggle-era veteran and former minister of health.

Also in Zuma’s delegation were various businesspeople, including Ajay and Rajesh Gupta, and their business partner Duduzane Zuma. The Department of Public Enterprises oversees the country’s SOEs and appoints the boards of these entities. The boards appoint the CEOs, who, in turn, appoint senior staff and oversee the awarding of tenders and contracts worth billions of rands, often with the involvement of board members.

For those with ambitions to capture the state, gaining control over the Department of Public Enterprises is essential. EWN



As ANC factions prepare for next month’s elective conference, citizens watch and wait to see if the party can “self-correct”, and what, if anything, can be done to begin to recover as a nation.
Looting Inc has been slowly but steadily exposed by whistleblowers, the media, opposition parties, the former public protector, and a growing sector of organisations and individuals.
The scope of the invasion is sometimes obscured by the drip-feed of information. A few tens of billions of rand revealed here and a million or 240 there; the placement of incompetents, thugs, and some with zero moral fibre or integrity to support Looting Inc’s agenda causes outbreaks of vocal condemnation and impotent public fury. And, of course, vehement denials. iol 



‘A remarkable, well-researched and easy to digest book, a must read for anyone interested in available evidence on state capture and getting South Africa back on track as a successful globally respected constitutional democracy.

‘The narrative advances a theory backed by evidence that the Guptas, having captured President Jacob Zuma through becoming his close friends and family bankrollers, are using the president and his son to capture and repurpose state owned enterprises and other key organs of state as vehicles for their own economic gain.

Zuma himself has captured and repurposed public agencies such as the National Prosecuting Authority, the Hawks, the State Security Agency and South African Revenue Service seemingly to protect him, his family, the Guptas and other associates.’ – Thuli Madonsela, former Public Prosecutor


Watch the authors of Enemy of the People discuss a tell-all book on how Jacob Zuma stole South Africa on Radio 702


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How to Steal a City is the most important book yet written on state capture in South Africa. It is the inside story of one of the most effective attempts we have seen to clean up graft in local government. ‘Whistle-blowing’ is not a loud enough description for what Olver does in these pages. He lances boils, and exposes secrets and cover-ups. He names names. He tells us who is complicit and who remains silent.

He pieces together the deep structures underpinning corruption and undermining efforts to challenge it.

Tough times lie ahead. How to Steal a City may be the best guide we have to how to ‘de-capture’ the South African state. There is information and insight here from the front line. It should become ammunition in the hands of many. We are lucky to have this book and we are lucky to have him. Read it. Read it now. And use it.  Indra de Lanerolle, University of the Witwatersrand


It is already available on Kindle and I look forward to getting to my couriered hard copy from the good folks at Clarke’s Bookshop.

Herman Mashaba will read this book with particular interest because he is experiencing in Johannesburg what Chippy Olver experienced in Port Elizabeth just prior to the 2016 Local Government Election.

Unsurprisingly, Olver has already been labelled a corrupt traitor by the ANC in Port Elizabeth and if he has been following proceedings at the Moerane Commission and if he has read Mark Shaw’s book, he has every reason to be afraid. BizNews


A senior ANC member last night accused author Crispian Olver of being a spy gathering damning information on the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay to put in a book and damage the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

This was one of several accusations made against Olver at the launch of his book, How to Steal a City, at the GFI gallery in Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. 

The book offers a rare insider’s account into behind-the-scenes dealings by prominent personalities, some of whom had become synonymous with the city’s biggest corruption scandals. HeraldLive


Allegations contained in Crispian Olver's book, How to Steal a City, will be investigated, Nelson Mandela Bay's chief of staff, Kristoff Adelbert, said. He pointed out that Olver, referred to as a staunch ANC member, mentioned at his book launch in Port Elizabeth on Monday that the allegations could be substantiated. "The allegations are centred around large-scale corruption, implicating a number of officials, service providers, politicians, and councillors at different scales of involvement," Adelbert said. news24


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In August 2016, following the announcement of the results of South Africa’s heated municipal election, four courageous young women interrupted Jacob Zuma’s victory address, bearing placards asking us to ‘Remember Khwezi’.


Before being dragged away by security guards, their powerful message had hit home and the public was reminded of the tragic events of 2006, when Zuma was on trial for the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, better known as Khwezi. W24 


“As we speak the top selling book in the country is Khwezi‚” McKaiser said.

Tlhabi said she wrote the book because “we need to start reflecting on power relations in our society‚ whether from gender‚ the economy and whatever”.

Kuzwayo‚ who was HIV-positive‚ accused Jacob Zuma‚ who was then deputy president of the country‚ of raping her at his home in Johannesburg in 2005. Sowetan Live


Journalist, broadcaster and author, Redi Tlhabi, was joined by more than 200 readers, including close family and friends, as she launched her second book titled 'Khwezi - The Remarkable Story Of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo' on Wednesday evening in Hyde Park. Watch. 

The book reflects on power relations and sexual violence, based on the trial of President Jacob Zuma when he was accused of rape by the late Fezekile Kuzwayo - affectionately known as "Khwezi", in 2006. News24


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Rogue ‘Mark Roy Lifman, linked to corruption, fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, cigarette smuggling and transnational organised crime, has over the years miraculously escaped prosecution and prison time. In 2009, Lifman was acquitted on charges of indecently assaulting seven boys and attempting to murder their alleged pimp. As so often in the past, it was left to SARS to bring Lifman down. They ultimately presented him with a tax bill of R388 million at the beginning of 2015.


This case should have been settled by now. SARS started investigating Lifman in October 2013 after it appeared that he hadn’t paid taxes for years. The investigation, named Project All Out, followed an earlier unsuccessful Project Boy and was headed by a tough and experienced tax detective, Keith Hendrickse, the Western Cape head of the National Projects Unit of SARS.


National Projects resided under Johann van Loggerenberg, but was entirely separate from the High-Risk Investigation Unit, which the media branded as the “rogue unit”. This is important for the purposes of this story because it will illustrate the deceit of Tom Moyane and his henchmen.’ An extract from Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers. Daily Maverick


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Former SARS investigation unit head Johann van Loggerenberg has come out swinging against KPMG and its recent attempt at an apology. Van Loggerenberg, who is the author of Rogue – The Inside Story of SARS’s Elite Crime-Busting Unit, previously exposed the faults of KPMG’s flawed ‘rogue’ report. He now subsequently finds himself being vindicated. BizNews


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