Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposes the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government: a cancerous cabal that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women.
As Zuma fights for his political life following the 2017 Gupta emails leak, this cabal – the president’s keepers – ensures that after years of ruinous rule, he remains in power and out of prison. But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet?
Journey with Pauw as he explores the shadow mafia state. From KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to the corridors of power in Pretoria and Johannesburg – and even to clandestine meetings in Russia. It’s a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers as Pauw prises open the web of deceit that surrounds the fourth president of the democratic era.
‘An amazing piece of work, stuffed with anecdote and evidence. It will light fires all through the state and the ANC.’ Peter Bruce
‘This is dynamite. Dynamite that will shake the foundations of the halls of power.’ Max du Preez
‘… one of the consequential books on South Africa since the end of white rule …’ –
‘The book that could change South Africa … It has zeroed in on the details of alleged state corruption and reanimated the debate about how to keep South Africa from plunging into the abyss.’ – Washington Post
‘Pauw’s book has unleashed panic among those who thought they had gotten away with swindling the country.’ – Ranjeni Munusamy, Sunday Times
‘… meticulously documented. He joins the dots around previously public information, bolstering it with new evidence, and he does so without resorting to stereotype.’ – Mail & Guardian
‘… the most comprehensive picture of the rot at the heart of the Zuma presidency … a triumph of investigative reporting …’ Anton Harber, The Conversation
‘I am reading it.’ – Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament
‘Be afraid. Be very afraid. In clinical detail, he tells the story of how the president’s goons go about destroying the institutions that were exemplars of duty to country up until Zuma took over.’ – Eusebius McKaiser
‘Pauw is one of those investigative journalists that legends are made of. His work in uncovering the apartheid hit squads was incredibly important. The man who uncovered the awfulness of the apartheid regime is now uncovering evidence of criminality against Zuma.’ – Stephen Grootes, Daily Maverick
‘The book is beautifully constructed and easy to read. It absorbed pretty much my entire weekend. Every minute of which was well invested.’ – Alec Hogg
‘Then came Jacques Pauw, a grumpy ex journalist who can spot a rat a mile away and proved it with his explosive book The President’s Keepers
.’ – Jenny Crwys-Williams
‘… spanking fresh details on how criminals are setting themselves up to capture the state …’ – Business Day
‘Pauw’s book sucks you in and spits you out, leaving you overwrought and assaulted.’ – Mandy Weiner
‘The journalist has kicked up a hornet’s nest. But it’s not his first time. He’s survived apartheid apparatchiks. He’ll probably survive Zuma’s too.’ – Huffington Post
‘I knew he was digging under the skirt of intelligence, but didn’t realise how deep. TPK is a phenomenon.’ – Adriaan Basson, News24
‘The President’s Keepers
shows that children will have it harder tomorrow and that the children of South Africa’s poor will have it harder still. We’ve let ourselves be brought to misery and ruin by a man who, as Pauw recollects, never received a single visitor on Robben Island.’ – Imraan Covadia
an engrossing tale of spies and skelms …’ – Cape Times
reads like a spy novel …’ – YOU