How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa (and how the people fought back)

Anti-President Jacob Zuma protesters gathered at the gates of Parliament. Picture: Imran Goga/EWN.

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma told the nation, and the ANC, he will not resign.

Nevertheless, the long, catastrophic Zuma-era is coming to an end.

How did we get to this point?

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Editor in Chief at Huffington Post South Africa Pieter du Toit.

Du Toit is the co-author of “Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back”.

Listen to the interview below (and/or scroll down to read quotes from it).

The Public Protector found he received undue benefits [Nkandla] paid for by the State. He just totally ignored it.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

He undermined the law and he undermined institutions.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

He’s done enormous damage to the State and institutions supporting democracy. He’s done enormous damage to his party.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

He led the ANC to its worst electoral result ever.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

There is no level of Government where he hasn’t caused enormous damage.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

Our national conversation has been dominated by Jacob Zuma for more than a decade.

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

It’s fascinating to see people turning around and denouncing him!

Pieter du Toit, HuffPost SA

Description of “Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back” on Amazon:

“Enemy of the People” 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.

Click here (then “like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Economic researcher slams anti-poor VAT hike

Economic researcher slams anti-poor VAT hike

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Wits economic researcher Gilad Isaacs.

Woolworths, pummelled in Australia, loses R4.86 billion

Woolworths, pummelled in Australia, loses R4.86 billion

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Woolworths CEO Ian Moir.

How to capitalise on an environment that has suddenly turned for the better

How to capitalise on an environment that has suddenly turned for the better

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Aurik Business Accelerator’s Pavlo Phitidis.

How to plan financially, considering you’re poorer after Gigaba's hectic Budget

How to plan financially, considering you’re poorer after Gigaba's hectic Budget

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Galileo Capital Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

Zuma did nothing wrong?! How childish, says political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki

Zuma did nothing wrong?! How childish, says political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki

Bruce Whitfield talks to Gideon Rachman of Financial Times, political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki and Standard Bank's Goolam Ballim.

‘Failure to remove Zuma does not sit well with society. Ramaphosa is on trial’

‘Failure to remove Zuma does not sit well with society. Ramaphosa is on trial’

Fixing South Africa’s economic woes starts with Zuma resigning as President, Wits’ Lumkile Mondi tells Bruce Whitfield.

Popular articles
Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

Discovery CEO (and founder) Adrian Gore bares his soul about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Gore about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

"Duduzane Zuma is the Gupta family's greatest asset"

Sunday Times journo Thanduxolo Jika who broke the front page story about the Gupta family emails vouches for their authenticity.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...