Books

Merger lemon tests Leon, Zille

The details of the Democratic Alliance battle between Helen Zille and Tony Leon, her predecessor as national leader, has emerged in Zille’s autobiography Not Without a Fight. Cape Messenger editor Donwald Pressly reports that Zille – when she was a backbench parliamentarian and the Democratic Party’s national spokeswoman  – found his office to be “impenetrable” and


Obituary: SA still ‘better’

Allister Sparks, who died at the age of 83 two weeks ago, has been very widely praised and deservedly so as a great journalist and political commentator. In fact, his career in terms of longevity and variety and the challenges he faced, is a remarkable one. This comes across in his latest and timely publication


Explosive SARS book launched

Jonathan Ball Publishers (JBP) has published an explosive inside account of the South African Revenue Service and the so-called ‘rogue unit’ allegedly operating within it. It is an expose of national importance that identifies the dark forces at play in politics. It is entitled ROGUE, The Inside Story of SARS’s Elite Crime-Busting Unit. It is


Is Mmusi Maimane a prophet?

“Mmusi Maimane – Prophet or Puppet?” by S’thembiso Msomi is published by Jonathan Ball . Book reviewer Peter Soal acknowledges at the outset that he is a supporter of the DA and Mmusi Maimane. S’thembiso Msomi is a political journalist currently based at the Sunday Times where he is Deputy Editor. Msomi is of the view


Fixing it Big Time

“The Big Fix” by Ray Hartley is published by Jonathan Ball. Ray Hartley is the editor of Rand Daily Mail, an online newspaper that publishes opinion, analysis and commentary. He is a former editor of the Sunday Times. Peter Soal reviews the book
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Rodney Mazinter: Author and Activist – Reviewed by Brian Joss

Rodney Mazinter’s CV which is longer than your arm states in one line that he is a member of the South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) Media Team.  What it doesn’t say is that the Camps Bay activist spends hours writing letters to newspapers both here and abroad, correcting the misperceptions put out by the