"Zuma's ambition and charm helped him rise to power" - Kasrils

Former Intelligence operative and Minister Ronnie Kasrils recently released a book that gives interesting insights into President Jacob Zuma.

Titled, A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma Enigma, the book explores the tumultuous years that saw Zuma overthrow and replace Thabo Mbeki, the ‘state capture’ report, his relationship with the Guptas and much more.

While the book is called a "A Simple Man", Kasrils says that Zuma is more than that. He says Zuma has an enchanting enigma that draws people in, something that aids his quest for power. This quest is something Kasrils believes Zuma craved since childhood, throughout his exile into his presidency.

Kasrils says when you look closely enough, you begin to see through Zuma, but it is his charm that gets people, including powerful and intelligent people hooked.

Zuma is a riddle to man people, to everyone to start off with, because there is this very engaging, charming persona. But then you begin to think, there's something strange, there is a puzzle within this man - and that is where the enigma factor is.

Ronnie Kasrils, Former Intelligence operative and Minister

There is a belief that Zuma is a symptom of of a larger problem within the ANC and that his presidency arose out of Thabo Mbeki's reign. While Kasrils says there are elements of this, but Zuma dealings are a clear distinguishing factor.

Kasrils likens Zuma's dealing to the Faustian pact, where one sells their soul to the devils disciple Mephistopheles for power.

Zuma is the Faustian to the Mephistophelian Gupta brothers.

Ronnie Kasrils, Former Intelligence operative and Minister

While Kasrils says that both Nelson Mandela and Mbeki also compromised during their presidencies and negatively effected the country in some form or another, Zuma's compromises takes things to a different level.

I don’t believe that their compromise or Faustian pact was this deliberate one with Zuma sitting down, say with the Guptas, and they say 'Mr Zuma, you must put so and so with the treasury, so and so in energy and so and so in intelligence' and he says 'yes sir, what do I get?'

Ronnie Kasrils, Former Intelligence operative and Minister

Listen to the full interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Pallo Jordan says leaked Mbeki paper on land is 'unfortunate'

[LISTEN] Pallo Jordan says leaked Mbeki paper on land is 'unfortunate'

The leaked 30 paper, seemingly from the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, has been met with mixed reaction.

[LISTEN] We respect the independence of the Reserve Bank - ANC

[LISTEN] We respect the independence of the Reserve Bank - ANC

The African National Congress explains why it has retracted an earlier statement on the repo rate.

What is behind Cosatu's decline in membership?

What is behind Cosatu's decline in membership?

The labour federation is said to have lost more than 300 000 members in the past three years.

"Kenny Maphatsoe is a sad little man" -  Ronnie Kasrils

"Kenny Maphatsoe is a sad little man" - Ronnie Kasrils

Kasrils said pliable people like Maphatsoe being used as "tools and fools" by those higher up in government, to cover up deeds.

Former intelligence minister's defamation case against MK veteran postponed

Former intelligence minister's defamation case against MK veteran postponed

Ronnie Kasrils is suing Kebby Maphatsoe for R1 million for allegedly making remarks that he gave legal advice to Khwezi, Jacob Zuma's rape accuser.

ANC stalwart Ronnie Kasrils 'elated' by those calling for political change

ANC stalwart Ronnie Kasrils 'elated' by those calling for political change

The former Intelligence Minister explains why South Africans shouldn't be discouraged that President Zuma's impeachment bid failed.

Popular articles
SA braces for horrific fuel price increases as oil hits 4-year high

SA braces for horrific fuel price increases as oil hits 4-year high

It's monstrous! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews the Automobile Association of South Africa's Layton Beard.

Dros rape: 'He was sitting near the kid's play area...he had his eye on her'

Dros rape: 'He was sitting near the kid's play area...he had his eye on her'

The man allegedly attacked the six-year-old inside a toilet cubicle at a Dros franchise in Pretoria on Saturday.

'She says I'm just waiting for this c**lie to move so I can take the photo'

'She says I'm just waiting for this c**lie to move so I can take the photo'

A caller on the Eusebius McKaiser Show, Zeenat says she was called a derogatory word for Indian on Heritage Day.

'This leaked document is calling a spade a spade'

'This leaked document is calling a spade a spade'

Breakfast Show Host Bongani Bngwa shares his views on the leaked report from the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

[WATCH] Vietnam's The Bachelor uproar as female contestants run away together

[WATCH] Vietnam's The Bachelor uproar as female contestants run away together

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.