Max du Preez

Unsure who to vote for? These are your options

2019-01-29 09:24

South Africa's political parties have not been serving our democracy very well. But the three bigger parties will be forced to confront their divisions after the election, writes Max du Preez.

The time is ripe for a massive corruption clean-up campaign

2019-01-22 08:45 15288 views

We cannot afford to wait for new appointments at the Hawks and the NPA to find their feet and for more expert staff to be recruited. It's crunch time in South Africa, we need to move faster, writes Max du Preez.

Was 9/12 the beginning of Zuma's end?

2016-03-22 07:30 56 comments | 24174 views

It's referred to it as “9/12”, South Africa’s own destiny-changing 9/11 on 9 December 2015 - the day President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with a loyal backbencher, writes Max du Preez.

Seeing through the Ramaphosa/Zuma bromance

2019-01-15 08:13 24 comments | 24069 views

The fake bromance between Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma is like a third rate soap opera. The plot is not credible, the dialogue is weak and the actors are pathetic, writes Max du Preez.

Debating illegal immigration: where do we draw the line?

2019-01-08 10:10 10389 views

We should all desist from saying things that could exacerbate xenophobia, but we cannot kill the debate as it won't go away, writes Max du Preez.

The use of social media by politicians and political parties

2018-12-27 09:14 5433 views

I’m not suggesting the EFF is a good example of how political parties should use social media, but I do think the ANC and DA are slipping up by not organising a counter force to the EFF twitter army, writes Max du Preez.

New Expropriation Bill will end a year of needless turmoil around land

2018-12-11 08:31 13415 views

The ANC allowed a whole year of destabilisation of the agricultural sector and undermining of Brand SA purely because it didn't want to be seen to be outdone by the EFF, writes Max du Preez.

Time to stop aiding and abetting the EFF's assault on democracy

2018-11-27 08:17 116 comments | 19583 views

If we allow loud-mouthed groups to dominate the national discourse purely because they're controversial and make the most noise, we oversee the distortion of public opinion, writes Max du Preez.

Only unpopular decisions will lead SA out of Zuma ruins

2018-11-13 08:28 43 comments | 20109 views

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.

Can Mboweni give Ramaphoria a second wind?

2018-10-30 08:36 24 comments | 11429 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.

The case for Sunday Times journalists to come clean

2018-10-16 08:31 17 comments | 13919 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 | 8059 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 21770 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 | 49872 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 | 14566 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.

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.

When will we be released from the burden of racism?

2019-01-02 11:10 18104 views

A quarter of a century since political power was transferred, many of us are still trying to figure out how to deal with race, writes Max du Preez.

Fake news: The past and the present

2018-12-18 11:27 6820 views

Fake news. We should never stop sniffing it out and exposing it, whether it manifests now or in our history, writes Max du Preez.

Responsible media think deeply about their role in society

2018-12-04 08:24 8124 views

Nobody has a natural right to have their utterances broadcast raw into people's homes. It's the job of journalists and editors to decide who and what should be covered as news and with what prominence, writes Max du Preez.

DA propaganda is straight out of EFF rulebook

2018-11-20 08:27 23420 views

Despite his shortcomings, in the political reality of today, our best chance to see populism and corruption countered is an election victory for Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC, writes Max du Preez.

ANC's demise could realign political forces

2018-11-06 09:51 12148 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.

Floyd Shivambu's fantastical tirade shows fear within the EFF

2018-10-23 12:05 66413 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 ANC dynamics that make Ramaphosa's job impossible

2018-10-09 09:26 36 comments | 17983 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 11004 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 15626 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 15460 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.

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