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8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw

Investigative journalist and author, Jacques Pauw's latest book ‘The President’s Keepers’ has been causing a stir in the public domain as it reveals published accounts alleging how South African President, Jacob Zuma received R1 million a month from a security company without declaring it to the SA Revenue Service (Sars), among other things.

We thought we could let you in on some facts about the sought after, award-winning journalist to contribute to chats at the dinner table or the water cooler.

  • Pauw was an executive producer of the Special Assignment current affairs programme on SABC.

  • Pauw was a founder member and assistant editor of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad. The paper was collectively owned by the founder members, who included editor Max du Preez.

  • Pauw, together with fellow journalist and wife Sam Rogers took a break from writing about newsmakers and established their own guest house, restaurant, and bar called Red Tin Roof in Riebeeck Kasteel in the Cape Swartland.

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  • Pauw has won CNN’s African Journalist of the Year twice.

  • He has written six books to date; Dances with Devils: A Journalist's Search for Truth, Little Ice Cream Boy, Rat Roads, Into the heart of darkness: Confessions of apartheid's assassins, In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid's Death Squads and The President's Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison

  • He was the first journalist to expose the existence of South African police death squads in 1989.

  • In 2002, Pauw became the recipient of the ICIJ award, for his work for The Bishop of Shyogwe, a TV documentary that exposed the secret hideout of Samuel Musabyimana, an Anglican bishop wanted on genocide charges in Rwanda.

  • He hails from the city of Tshwane.

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