PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
MoMasedi
 
Comments: 122
Article views: 4067
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all MoMasedi's badges.
 

ZUMA EXPOSED - Really!?

22 November 2012, 08:16

The build up to the ANC Centenary year and the 53rd national conference has seen opportunists of all stripes and colours rushing to the publishers with all sorts of fairy tales allegedly about the organisation and its leaders. This avalanche has seen a string of texts, history and biography, being published between last year and this year.

All these books are passed as authoritative expositions of their respective subjects.

The most recent addition to this myriad of new titles is Zuma Exposed by investigative journalist Adriaan Basson. Ahead of publication, Basson's book was punted as the book "Jacob Zuma does not want you to read." It was further meant to be an "explosive, roller-coaster account" that traces the unraveling of likeable but deeply flawed leader who came to power as victim, not visionary.

Once released the book turned out to be a damp squib - a scrap-book of Basson's "investigative" pieces from his Mail & Guardian to his current City Press days where he is deputy editor.

Responding to the book she descibes as a diatribe aimed at influencing delegates at the Mangaung conference ANC national executive committee member, Jessie Duarte arrives at the correct conclusion  that the book is not a good read with its nuanced opinions that have been regurgitated a number of times.

In the main the book is a vindictive piece against President Jacob Zuma who Basson refers to as a flawed leader - who unlike his predecessors who rose to power with a Big Idea, had nothing but a corruption trial to offer.

In a vain attempt to steady the book's rickety legs and help sustain his vindictive arguement of President Zuma as a flawed leader, Basson draws heavily from Zuma/ANC detractors such as Reuel Khoza and Njabulo Ndebele.

The ANC renegade, Julius Malema's bile against Zuma is the glue that keeps Basson's lousy thesis together. "President Jacob Zuma is a president of a faction within the ANC. They have never marched against corruption, they have never marched against crime, but they have marched against The Spear."

There are also nameless and faceless alleged ANC sources who may just be the creations of Basson's vindictive mind.

As Duarte said in her open letter to Basson, the book is devoid of balance. It is therefore of no consequence in our quest to gain a deeper understanding of of the second phase of our transition.

Twitter: @molebi

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
122 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Pierre Willemse
Cricket World Cup - can we do it?

Since the Proteas world cup squad has been announced the big question in everybody's lips has been can this team go all the way? Read more...

6 comments 185 views
Submitted by
Holly
No comments on Selebi?

Who's running News24? In a pathetic attempt to silence their voices News24 allowed no comments on his passing. Read more...

16 comments 513 views
Submitted by
Craig Pedersen
The man who destroyed the police

I shall mourn the passing of an institution that once served with pride and dignity. Read more...

42 comments 10923 views
Submitted by
Al Lovejoy
The View From the Scrapyard

I am gainfully employed in the Waste, Recycling and Scrap-metal Industry. Or, as the title implies – I work in a scrapyard.  Read more...

13 comments 1690 views
Submitted by
Nenzi Nens
Look at yourself, not the foreign...

There are foreigners in countries all over the world, legal and illegal. No citizen has a right to get those foreigners out of the country, only authorities. Read more...

11 comments 321 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.