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Max du Preez (Du Preez, Max)
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Of-Tricksters-Tyrants-and-Turncoats . 2008 ZEBRA PRESS

"This title is a collection of more colourful, fascinating - and mostly unknown - characters, spanning more than three hundred years of South African history. There are stories of slaves, lively Khoisan characters and the first 'Cape Malays' and Muslims.
This title is a collection of more colourful, fascinating - and mostly unknown - characters, spanning more than three hundred years of South African history. There are stories of slaves, lively Khoisan characters and the first 'Cape Malays' and Muslims. The story of the Xhosa prophet Makhanda, who nearly succeeded in taking Grahamstown from the British in 1819 and who later escaped from Robben Island, will take most readers by surprise. Also covered are the Foster gang of Johannesburg, who were indirectly responsible for the killing of Boer hero Koos de la Rey; David Pratt, the man who shot Hendrik Verwoerd in the head at the Rand Easter Show; and the three men who pulled off the biggest jewellery heist of the time, stealing Bridget Oppenheimer's jewellery in 1956. And there's the sensational and previously unknown story of how a right-wing attack using small aeroplanes at Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994 was thwarted at the last moment."

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Oranje Blanje Blues - 'n Nostalgiese trip . 2005 ZEBRA PRESS/STRUIK

"Max du Preez calls Vrye Weekblad the 'jolliest, most anarchistic and foolhardy publication ever published in Africa'. Oranje blanje blues follows the life of this maverick Afrikaans newspaper from its inception in 1988, to its last issue six years later, when it was forced to close down."

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Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets . 2004 ZEBRA PRESS/STRUIK

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Pale Native .................. 2004 ZEBRA PRESS/STRUIK

"Max du Preez has one hell of a story to tell. In his career as a renegade reporter, he's survived three dismissals, seven libel suits, thirteen criminal cases, four aeroplane crashes, a bombing, two assassination attempts and was a regular on right-wing hit lists. He was in Soweto on 16 June 1976, witnessed the debauched parties of apartheid cabinet ministers, and stepped over dead bodies in a bombed Angolan village. He looked into apartheid killer Dirk Coetzee's eyes and published his story of police death squads, and when he visited Vlakplaas himself, he was lucky to get out alive. Max is best known as founder and editor of the Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad, and for his weekly television report on the Truth Commission and the programme Special Assignment. His story takes you on a remarkable journey, from the contradictions of history to the triumphs and troubles of the present, from the halls of parliament to the desert of Namibia, from burning townships to the headquarters of covert operations. You'll meet generals and guerrillas, presidents and hit men. And it's all reported with the straight-shooting, uncompromising, outspoken frankness that has won him admiration and got him into trouble with the new government as well as the old. Pale Native is a story filled with drama, about the risks of investigative journalism in the front line. It's controversial, because Max, as always, is not afraid to expose what others want hidden from view. It's insightful, giving a fascinating analysis of southern African politics from a skilled reporter who has seen it first hand. And, above all, it's highly entertaining."

2004 - Morena (King Moshoeshoe doc)
2004 - Turning Points in South African History (Department of Education)

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Louis Luyt: Unauthorised . 2001 ZEBRA PRESS/STRUIK

1994 - Special Assignment (SABC)
1994 - Special Report on the Truth Commission (SABC)
1988 - Vrye Weekblad


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