Max du Preez

There is reason for hope

2018-09-18 07:04

The days until next year's general election will be dark and stormy. But there is reason for hope, writes Max du Preez.

The conflict within the ANC

2018-09-11 11:44 14862 views

The ANC's flirtation with cheap populist politics comes from the Zuma camp and has already exacted a heavy toll on our economy, writes Max du Preez.

Muthambi, Zuma represent the worst of the ANC

2018-09-04 08:51 73 comments | 48184 views

The way Faith Muthambi had betrayed her struggle comrade Phumla Williams is the way the ANC leadership has betrayed those who dedicated their lives to South Africa’s freedom, writes Max du Preez.

Land reform's Codesa moment

2018-08-28 07:32 15188 views

The summit on land reform could very well turn out to be a turning point in the heated debate on expropriation of land, writes Max du Preez.

Unproductive, incompetent state at heart of SA's problems

2018-08-21 10:08 48 comments | 14101 views

Underlying most of South Africa's multitude of problems and challenges is the reality that the state is incapable of executing any plan properly or applying any policies correctly and efficiently, writes Max du Preez.

The long list of headlines too depressing to bear

2018-08-07 08:52 21591 views

If the ANC believes the Constitution already allows for expropriation without compensation under certain circumstances, why did Ramaphosa announce that they decided to change it? What's the rush, asks Max du Preez.

On the road back to Mandela's progressive values

2018-07-24 08:21 5840 views

South Africa has regressed into an erosion of democracy, cheap populist politics, a culture of entitlement, ethnic nationalism, polarisation and intolerance. We need to find our way back, writes Max du Preez.

Is the EFF falling apart under pressure?

2018-07-10 07:49 60082 views

The EFF's wheels came off a little bit last week. Perhaps this 8%-party's honeymoon with the media and a chunk of the voting public is coming to an end, writes Max du Preez.

Radical economic transformation of State only way to eradicate inequality

2018-06-26 08:55 31 comments | 12853 views

The surest way to ameliorate inequality is radical economic transformation – if by that one means that the three levels of government, entire bureaucracy and state-owned companies is radically transformed, writes Max du Preez.

EFF's racism threatens the democratic state

2018-06-12 07:59 62 comments | 26766 views

The EFF's obsession with racial classification and ascribing values and roles to each racial category reminds me a lot of my childhood in rural Free State in the Sixties, writes Max du Preez.

DA, EFF still struggling to get over Zuma hangover... and it's costing them

2018-05-29 08:52 20746 views

South Africa's two biggest opposition parties are going to be badly bruised in the coming general election if they can't get over their Zuma hangover soon, writes Max du Preez.

The problem AfriForum is causing the DA

2018-05-15 07:07 26171 views

When Ernst Roets described land expropriation without compensation as "racist theft" while SA is trying to find urgent solutions for the land question, he crossed a line, writes Max du Preez.

Fresh ideas needed to make Cyril's 'New Dawn' possible

2018-05-01 11:23 3035 views

South Africa has a weak currency, splendid natural beauty, a sophisticated infrastructure, a complete absence of terror attacks and is almost completely malaria free. We have to use this to our advantage, writes Max du Preez.

Winnie's death captured by populist politics

2018-04-17 08:26 35 comments | 12935 views

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave full meaning to the expression "magnetic personality". If you met her once, you would never forget her, writes Max du Preez.

The myth of 'reverse racism'

2018-04-03 08:54 46856 views

The charges of racism and "reverse racism" are flying like a swarm of locusts over South Africa. Perhaps we should pause and examine the anatomy of this ugly phenomenon, 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.

Ramaphosa cutting canes for his own backside

2018-08-14 07:59 45 comments | 27147 views

The time is ripe for the citizens to see a leader with strong convictions stating his case without fear of offending someone. "Spineless Cyril" is not an epithet that would serve his brand, writes Max du Preez.

Amending the Constitution on land is becoming unavoidable

2018-07-31 08:29 16290 views

The way in which the debates around land reform have been allowed to degenerate will probably make it impossible for President Cyril Ramaphosa to avoid amending the Constitution, writes Max du Preez.

Patience is key as Ramaphosa works through Zuma destruction

2018-07-17 08:11 52 comments | 19353 views

After nine years of undermining the Constitution, we are moving to a restoration of accountability, of the rule of law, of a professional and efficient criminal justice system, writes Max du Preez.

Moreover, Mondli, we're obsessed with race

2018-07-03 08:36 29 comments | 15529 views

Most political commentators seem to believe that race relations in South Africa are worse than a decade ago, and racism more common. Can this be true, asks Max du Preez.

Ramaphosa faces uphill battle with Magashule dragging him down

2018-06-19 08:15 46 comments | 54202 views

Ace Magashule is the serpent in Cyril Ramaphosa's bosom, the Zuma faction's Trojan Horse in the ANC's top command. And South Africa is the victim, writes Max du Preez.

Done right, land redistribution will boost economy

2018-06-05 08:25 44 comments | 15345 views

Nobody will become rich overnight, despite Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma’s populist promises. Land itself is not as important as what one does with it, writes Max du Preez.

Urban land reform plan could be an easy win for Ramaphosa

2018-05-22 08:43 15333 views

Stilling the urban land hunger is actually something the Ramaphosa government can do relatively easily. It should, of course, have been done many years ago, writes Max du Preez.

ANC must let go of struggle nostalgia if real change is to come

2018-05-08 08:36 44 comments | 12538 views

President Cyril Ramaphosa's theme is renewal and growth, but his party is still caught up in the romanticism of the struggle against apartheid, writes Max du Preez.

The honourable thing for AfriForum to do

2018-04-24 09:00 29136 views

If AfriForum changes its focus, South Africans will stop seeing them as a bunch of dangerous, greedy racists and we may even join hands with them, writes Max du Preez.

The KZN threat to Ramaphosa's presidency

2018-04-10 08:35 21 comments | 31816 views

Jacob Zuma is at the heart of the plot against Cyril Ramaphosa. Unlike his predecessors, who withdrew from politics after their presidential term ended, he has been very active in the ANC, writes Max du Preez.

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