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How Jacob Zuma stole my country and the battle to win it back

It’s August 2013, and in the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba orders the CEO of Transnet: “You must look after these people.” A year later, the Guptas score a R5,8-billion commission out of the purchase of new locomotives. When the head of the Hawks receives the dockets on this malfeasance two years later, he orders their disappearance.

This was the South Africa of Jacob Zuma, which saw a trillion rand lost and the hollowing-out of our law-enforcement agencies.

From the ashes of that disastrous rule has risen one Cyril Ramaphosa. Can he bring our country back from the edge of the abyss and rebuild South Africa to be productive, law-abiding and functioning on all levels?

Jacques Pauw, author of the runaway bestseller The President’s Keepers, gives the inside story of ‘the Republic of Gupta’ and the prospects for South Africa’s recovery.


Tickets R275/person
Thursday 8 August
18h30-20h00 (includes light snacks)
Sunday 11 August 09h30-11h00 (includes coffee and croissants)


Seating is limited to 60 people per session.
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During the weekend tickets can be booked at The Hub in Short Street, subject to availability.

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