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3 Nov 2017
12:01 pm

5 scathing quotes from Ronnie Kasrils’ new book about Zuma

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Kasrils’ book, according to the Sowetan, paints Zuma as a tribalist, hypocrite, a male chauvinist and thug who operates within a network that is paralysing the state.

Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils receives the Platinum Class medal as President Jacob Zuma honours military veterans on August 2, 2012 at the Air Force Base in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / City Press / Herman Verwey)

Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has published a new book titled, A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma Enigma, which traces President Jacob Zuma’s character from his exile days to being South Africa’s first citizen.

Here are the most scathing quotes from the book:

Exile in Mozambique

“I came to realise that that broad smile and chuckle of a down-to-earth rural man as a mask hiding dimly in flaws.”

Mandela asked Kasrils what he thought of Zuma

“In 1991, Mandela asked me what I thought of Zuma. I told the old man that distrust towards him was evident.”

Kasrils’ attempts to convince the SA Communist Party not to support Zuma

 “… It is Zuma’s corruption, his lack of morality, which has landed him in the soup and brought our movement into disrepute.”

Zuma’s late wife, Kate Mantsho-Zuma, committed suicide in 2000 while he was deputy president

“… And the note she left behind: ‘Life had been hell living with him, bitter and painful.’”

Zuma and power

“The enigmatic Jacob Zuma is not a simple man of the people he enjoys portraying himself as. Astute and engaging from earlier days, along the way, he has become driven by a lust for wealth and power.”

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