Max du Preez

Only unpopular decisions will lead SA out of Zuma ruins

2018-11-13 08:28

Unemployment and inequality feed populism and ethnic nationalism, but instant solutions and socialist dreams can only make it worse in the longer term, writes Max du Preez.

ANC's demise could realign political forces

2018-11-06 09:51 11621 views

If the ANC's wheels keep on coming off over the next few years, we could possibly see the beginning of a fundamental rearrangement of political forces, writes Max du Preez.

Can Mboweni give Ramaphoria a second wind?

2018-10-30 08:36 24 comments | 11109 views

If Tito Mboweni sticks to this strategy, he could become South Africa's most effective finance minister, despite being in the job at the most difficult period since 1994, writes Max du Preez.

Floyd Shivambu's fantastical tirade shows fear within the EFF

2018-10-23 12:05 65980 views

Floyd Shivambu's latest shenanigans and his party's campaign to intimidate the media and insult all their critics with wild, unsubstantiated gossip show that the EFF is worrying, writes Max du Preez.

The case for Sunday Times journalists to come clean

2018-10-16 08:31 17 comments | 13136 views

If the Sunday Times matter was seen as closed after the editor's apology for publishing false reports, it would undermine the credibility of the South African media, writes Max du Preez.

South Africans' blood ties with Indonesia and what it means today

2018-10-02 08:25 1 comments | 7259 views

If you're a South African with the surname Retief and you watched television scenes of the disaster in Indonesia last week, chances are that you looked at the faces of some of your distant relatives, writes Max du Preez.

There is reason for hope

2018-09-18 07:04 21594 views

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

Muthambi, Zuma represent the worst of the ANC

2018-09-04 08:51 74 comments | 48888 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.

Unproductive, incompetent state at heart of SA's problems

2018-08-21 10:08 48 comments | 14214 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 22351 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 5862 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 60176 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 | 12927 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 | 26826 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 20788 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.

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 ANC dynamics that make Ramaphosa's job impossible

2018-10-09 09:26 36 comments | 17897 views

President Cyril Ramaphosa may as well be honest with us: there are indeed ways of pulling South Africa out of the quicksand, but the internal dynamics of the ANC make that impossible, writes Max du Preez.

History of dagga in SA shows its decriminalisation is overdue

2018-09-25 07:09 10682 views

Campaigns against and warnings about the dangers of dagga usage are not a prudish phenomenon of the 21st century. It is as old as dagga smoking itself, writes Max du Preez.

The conflict within the ANC

2018-09-11 11:44 15474 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.

Land reform's Codesa moment

2018-08-28 07:32 15316 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.

Ramaphosa cutting canes for his own backside

2018-08-14 07:59 45 comments | 27224 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 16367 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 | 19728 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 | 15558 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 | 54267 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 | 15591 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.

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