Unpacking Jan-Jan Joubert's new book

Seasoned political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert's new book Will South Africa be ok? tackles the state of South African politics since the 2019 elections.

Joubert looks at President Cyril Ramphsoa mandate at the Union Buildings as well as whether he can clean out government corruption.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Joubert answers some of the questions he raises in the book, such as what South Africa’s future looks like with challenges such as the land debate, racial tension and a dire economy.

The first chapter of the book deals with the question the has been debated on various platforms: Why do people keep voting the African National Congress (ANC)?

Many people who are unhappy with the fact ANC voters keep voting for the ANC think that they are either stupid or masochistic that they enjoy pain being inflicted upon themselves.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

The way to look at it is not why people should not vote for the ANC but why in their minds they should be and the many examples of what the ANC has done right.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

One of the questions in the book is: Should people fear (Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema?

My own interchanges with Malema have shown him to be exceedingly kind to me personally. Whenever things were hard he was part of the few politicians to notice and to support.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

With the EFF, one has to understand that their impact on society is very positive in so far as criticising the government.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

I think it would be disastrous for the country were the EFF policies to be implemented.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

On page 100 chapter 8, Joubert raises and answers the question of wasted votes.

A vote can be wasted to the extent where it goes where it was not intended or where you thought it was going.

Jan-Jan Joubert, Political journalist and author

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