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Jacob Zuma’s Vices and Virtues: An Excerpt from Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla by Gareth Van Onselen

Clever Blacks, Jesus and NkandlaPresident Jacob Zuma has stirred much controversy in the past decade. While his official persona is “bland and unremarkable,” his uncensored public remarks are anything but.

In this excerpt from Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla: The Real Jacob Zuma in His Own Words shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, Gareth van Onselen introduces the character of South Africa’s current president as it is displayed in Zuma’s own words.

Van Onselen outlines Zuma’s convictions, vices and his virtues, presenting the opportunity for the reader to decide to make up their own mind.

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The book is about the real Jacob Zuma because, it argues, these controversial statements – far more so than the formal words that define his official duties as president – reveal the primary impulses that underpin his private convictions. What are those convictions?

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