Mzilikazi’s book a must read political whodunit

2015-08-27 06:01

I am reading ‘Nothing Left To Steal’ by Mzilikazi wa Afrika. This is a real person and this is his real name. Anyway, it became his name after someone introduced him to ‘Roots’, a historical account of the African-American slavery, written by late author Alex Haley.

In Roots, the protagonist is Kunta Kinte, whose master wanted him to adopt the slave name, Toby. Kinte refused. He was adamant. He kept on running away and to stop him they chopped part of his foot off.

He became a cripple. Mzilikazi was an inspired young man. He adopted his present name in his late teens. And since then he became known as Mzilikazi wa Afrika. I often wondered what kind of name that was. Now I know.

It means a ‘Warrior from Africa.’ Boy oh boy, you’d think such idealism was over. But it is not. It is still there, in the personality of Mzilikazi wa Afrika. Reading his book made me wonder; what manner of man is he?

The first few pages may give a wrong impression of him. Like he is arrogant. But he is not. He tells it as it is. After all he is a journalist. And writes for the Sunday Times newspaper, for those of us that do not know.

And to top it all, he specializes in investigative journalism. This means he specializes in exposing corrupt people. And corrupt people don’t like him. They want him out. And they have tried. Former National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele was one of them.

But he was and still is not the only one. It seems there are still guys out there, like the Iron Duke, the boss of Orlando Pirates, who have wa Afrika under their radar.

Then there is the small matter of our president.

According to wa Afrika, the was after he leaked the questions sent to him by the NPA to the press and said it was Bulelani Ngcuka. But wa Afrika says he was the one that received those questionnaires from Zuma’s lawyer via a fax.

He says the questionnaires were sent to his newspaper on condition that they will write and say BN was a spy. And seeing JZ telling the media that BN leaked the story made him mad.

He says his respect for the man took a nosedive. But I don’t want to reveal everything. You’ve got to read the book yourself. It is a bomb, and exciting, and easy to read.

It will take you to Mpumalanga to Bobby Motaung. Anyone that wants to be a journalist should read this book. But one thing for sure, it gives hope. It says there are good guys out there that love SA.

It is important to love your country. And you don’t love it by donning colours of a certain organization. You love it by exposing corruption.

Yes, wa Afrika is a patriot. It makes me think that not all black dudes are bad. Stay positive

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