Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker

Jacques Pauw - Political Commentator Speaker
Jacques Pauw - Political Commentator Speaker

Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker

Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker is an investigative journalist and author of the best-selling The President’s Keepers: Those who keep Zuma in power and out of prison. The book, published in October 2017, has been widely hailed as the most important book published in post-apartheid South Africa.

Within two months of its release, The President’s Keepers became the biggest selling book in South African history. The film rights of the book has been sold and it is being published in North America and the United Kingdom. Now available through Speakers Inc

Jacques Pauw, named by Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s greatest journalists, has worked as a reporter, television documentary producer, commentator and columnist for more than 30 years and has received a host of national and international awards.

Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker

He was in 1988 a co-founder and the assistant-editor of the Afrikaans anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad (Free Weekly). The newspaper became one of the most persecuted and prosecuted newspapers in South African history. Jacques exposed the existence of police death squads in November 1989. He left the newspaper in 1993.

Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker has also worked as the head of investigations for The Star and Sunday Star before co-founding the Truth Commission Special Report for the SABC in 1996.
In 1998, Jacques was a co-founder of Special Assignment, the premier current affairs show of the SABC. He became the Executive Producer of the programme in 1999.

Special Assignment was an award winning and highly respected current affairs programme. During Jacques’s stint at the programme, he produced a host of current affairs documentaries throughout the African continent. Amongst them were exposés on drug smuggling, the international trafficking of women and children, child labour, child soldiers and blood diamonds.

He has also produced documentaries on the genocide in Rwanda, the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea and civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Burundi, Zaire (today DRC), Algeria, Liberia, Rwanda and Angola. Follow Jacques on Twitter

Jacques Pauw resigned in protest from Special Assignment in September 2007 after a series of political appointments at the national broadcaster. View full list Speakers I-P

He was the Director of the Justice Project in the Department of Journalism at Wits University in 2009 before becoming the head of investigations at Media24 newspapers, the biggest newspaper group in South Africa. He specialized in in-depth reporting on state corruption, the police and the intelligence services.

He left Media24 at the end of 2014 to pursue freelance writing. He also owns a restaurant, bar and guesthouse in the Western Cape village of Riebeek Kasteel.

Among his awards are the Young African Leadership Award, the Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, Italy’s Ilaria Alpi, South Africa’s Journalist of the Year and the Nat Nakasa award for integrity and bravery in journalism. He was also twice the overall winner of CNN’s African Journalist of the Year Award.
He is the author of Six books, five of non-fiction and one of fiction. He has been shortlisted for three major literary awards. View Political Commentator Stephen Grootes



Jacques Pauw – Political Commentator Speaker

Jacques Pauw has authored and published several books from 1991 to 2017:

  • The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison (2017)
  • Rat Roads: One Man’s Incredible Journey (2012)
  • Dances with Devils: A Journalist’s Search for Truth (2007)
  • Little Ice-Cream Boy (2009)
  • Into the Heart of Darkness: Confessions of Apartheid’s Assassins (1997)
  • In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads (1991)