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Jacques Pauw will be publishing the sequel to “The President’s Keepers”, the biggest-selling non-fiction book in South African history and which the Financial Times called “one of the consequential books on South Africa since the end of white rule” and the Washington Post “the book that could change South Africa”.

While TPK, as the book became known, focused on the state capture project and Zuma’s destruction of the law-enforcement agencies, “The Keeper State” deals with the first four years of the Cyril Ramaphosa administration, the state of the rule of law, the fightback by the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction, the rise and ambitions of Julius Malema and the rebuilding of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, state security, the NPA and SARS.

By the final days of the Zuma era, South Africa was on the verge of becoming a mafia state. Have we managed to pull back from the brink?

Jacques needs no introduction. He was named by Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s greatest journalists, has worked as a reporter, television documentary producer, commentator, author and columnist for more than 30 years.

He has worked for most of South Africa’s biggest publications and was among others a co-founder of the Afrikaans anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad (Free Weekly) where he exposed the existence of police death squads in November 1989.

He has also produced a host of current affairs documentaries throughout the African continent. Amongst them were documentaries on the genocide in Rwanda, the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Burundi, Zaire (today DRC), Algeria, Liberia, Rwanda and Angola.

He left journalism in 2014 and bought a restaurant, bar and guesthouse in the Western Cape village of Riebeek Kasteel. He pursued a new career as a chef – until he started writing The President’s Keepers towards the end of 2016.

He has twice been named as CNN’s African Journalist of the Year, has won the Daniel Pearl award in the United States for the world’s best cross-border investigative journalism, Italy’s Ilaria Alpi, South Africa’s Journalist of the Year Award and was the recipient of the Nat Nakasa Award for bravery and integrity in journalism. In 2018 he was selected as South Africa’s corruption buster of the year, was awarded the Declaration Scroll by the Editors’ Forum of Namibia and received the Ahmed Kathrada excellence in leadership award. He is also a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an exclusive club of the world’s best investigative journalists.

Jacques is the author of six books, five of non-fiction and one of fiction. The President’s Keepers has won several literary awards, including the prestigious Association of American Publishers’ International Freedom to Publish Award and the Nielsen Booksellers Award.

He has been a public speaker since 2017 and has addressed, among other, Deutsche Bank, PSG Wealth, Investec, Old Mutual, ABSA, the South African-Italian Chamber of Trade and Industries, RGA Reinsurance, Smart Procurement Group, Strauss Daly Inc, Wilderness Safaris, The Jewish Board of Deputies, RMB/Stanley Morgan and several others.

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