Max du Preez

A new era of modern leadership has dawned under Ramaphosa

2018-01-16 07:38

South Africa’s era of being ruled over by an African Strongman, almost a traditional chief, is over and a new era of modern leadership has started, writes Max du Preez.

Cyril's choice: Populism or the South African economy

2018-01-09 09:04 12994 views

The biggest challenge facing South Africa's incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa is how he manages to balance populism politics and the responsibility of keeping South Africa's economy stable and growing, writes Max du Preez.

It's not as simple as 'giving back the land'

2016-11-22 08:18 96 comments | 27898 views

Populists are playing a dangerous game when they declare that landlessness is the root of all black poverty. Even rapid and successful but orderly land transformation won’t satisfy many militants and the fires will still be stoked, writes Max du Preez.

Expect swift action from the real, ruthless Ramaphosa

2017-12-19 09:23 79126 views

We are about to see another side of Cyril Ramaphosa than the quiet, respectful party loyalist we have seen since 2012, writes Max du Preez.

The future lies with us, the people - not the ANC

2017-12-12 07:58 38 comments | 13953 views

If Cyril Ramaphosa does become president, we would have to apply as much pressure on him and his administration as we had piled on Jacob Zuma the last few years, writes Max du Preez.

Mugabe's hero worshippers' message to South Africans

2017-11-28 07:59 45447 views

What does Zimbabweans' forgiving attitude towards Robert Mugabe teach us, South Africans? Perhaps it tells us that the continuing inequality along racial lines is our biggest threat, writes Max du Preez.

Whites have to find a new balance - not play victim

2017-11-14 08:32 133 comments | 44038 views

We whites and Afrikaners are not special. We do not deserve better treatment than other citizens, writes Max du Preez.

Gigaba's dilemma: Will his loyalty to Zuma trump his ambition?

2017-10-31 08:42 37 comments | 16662 views

Finance Minister Gigaba is between a rock and a hard place. He has presidential ambitions, but to get there he'll have to go against President Zuma's wishes, writes Max du Preez.

Zuma corruption charges: Time to draw a line in the sand

2017-10-17 08:22 17 comments | 13570 views

Through its inaction, the judiciary runs the risk of being viewed by the citizenry as condoning Zuma’s efforts to avoid justice, writes Max du Preez.

ANC election: Drama till December, then what?

2017-10-03 07:11 15420 views

Whoever wins in December will know that the ANC’s chances of getting more than half the votes in the 2019 general election are getting slimmer by the day, writes Max du Preez.

Zuma, Guptas at the heart of SARS rot

2017-09-19 09:29 34370 views

SARS boss Tom Moyane has rid the revenue service of its capacity to go after big tax dodgers with his crusade against what KPMG falsely termed the “rogue unit”, writes Max du Preez.

Ramaphosa sealed his own fate - and ours

2017-09-05 08:23 63 comments | 51203 views

President Jacob Zuma has comprehensively out-foxed Cyril Ramaphosa for the last five years. Will this happen again in the months before the December elective conference, asks Max du Preez.

My offer to Parliament: we'll fund investigations

2017-08-22 08:15 42 comments | 18967 views

We’re looking for about R80 billion lost to corruption to pay back into the state coffers, and Parliament can’t afford a few million rand to investigate this, writes Max du Preez.

Parliament's historic moment: hope springs eternal

2017-08-08 08:56 39 comments | 22437 views

The history books will one day teach that today’s events in Parliament could have brought about a crucial turning point in the tragic deterioration of South Africa, writes Max du Preez.

The time for an easy exit for Zuma is long over

2017-07-25 08:43 30 comments | 41138 views

The time to grant President Jacob Zuma amnesty, or letting him get away with any crimes he may have committed is long over, writes Max du Preez.

Political commentator and journalist Max du Preez is a Fellow in Applied Leadership Values at the University of Fort Hare and an Honorary Research Associate with the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is the 2008 recipient of the SA National Editors Forum and Print Media SA’s prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for integrity and courage in journalism and was the 2006 Yale Globalist International Journalist of the Year.

The fatal flaw in Project State Capture

2017-12-05 08:29 45 comments | 25596 views

The creation of a parallel, criminal state under Jacob Zuma progressed surprisingly far, but there was never a chance that it would be completely successful or last long, writes Max du Preez.

Mugabe's ousting could spark change in ANC

2017-11-21 06:45 47575 views

The ousting of Robert Mugabe is an internal corrective move by Zanu-PF that is giving the people of Zimbabwe new hope. Something similar could very well happen to Zuma soon, writes Max du Preez.

3 scenarios for SA's immediate future

2017-11-07 09:04 25288 views

There are three ways of looking at the immediate future: the glass is half full; the glass is half empty; and there is a hole at the bottom of the glass, writes Max du Preez

Did Zuma cross Putin?

2017-10-24 09:10 122 comments | 82483 views

Nobody messes with Russia's Vladimir Putin, as people who have crossed him can testify, and President Jacob Zuma recently found out, writes Max du Preez.

SAPS could make or break SA - here's why

2017-10-10 08:40 23 comments | 12317 views

If we can’t turn the South African Police Service (SAPS) into a professional and clean crime-fighting and peace-keeping machine, our future will still be very dark, writes Max du Preez.

'Boer bullies' will cost white people dearly

2017-09-26 08:54 80184 views

Those who have appointed themselves as the political leaders of the Afrikaner minority should consider the long term effects of shamelessly trying to protect their privilege, writes Max du Preez.

Had Biko been alive today

2017-09-12 08:28 21 comments | 11432 views

If Stephen Bantu Biko lived for forty more years and his ideas got wide traction, South Africans’ attitudes would have been vastly different today, writes Max du Preez.

Rent-seeking and populist rhetoric won’t kill poverty

2017-08-29 08:43 36 comments | 8931 views

No society has ever successfully fought poverty, inequality or unemployment while their economies were stagnant or in recession, writes Max du Preez.

NDZ: If she walks like them and talks like them...

2017-08-15 08:40 41 comments | 18170 views

Investigative journalists should do some digging in the months ahead to find out who pays for what in NDZ’s election campaign. Rumour has it that it is going to cost millions, writes Max du Preez.

Why the EFF is likely to go home to the ANC

2017-08-01 09:02 65 comments | 41396 views

After Zuma had gone, and the ANC further weakened, a coalition with or even merger with the EFF must be seen as likely – if Malema is assured of a powerful position, writes Max du Preez.

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