Investigative journalist and author, Jacques Pauw's latest book ‘The President’s Keepers’ has been causing a stir in the public domain as it reveals published accounts alleging how South African President, Jacob Zuma received R1 million a month from a security company without declaring it to the SA Revenue Service (Sars), among other things.
We thought we could let you in on some facts about the sought after, award-winning journalist to contribute to chats at the dinner table or the water cooler.
Pauw was an executive producer of the Special Assignment current affairs programme on SABC.
Pauw was a founder member and assistant editor of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad. The paper was collectively owned by the founder members, who included editor Max du Preez.
- Pauw, together with fellow journalist and wife Sam Rogers took a break from writing about newsmakers and established their own guest house, restaurant, and bar called Red Tin Roof in Riebeeck Kasteel in the Cape Swartland.
Pauw has won CNN’s African Journalist of the Year twice.
He has written six books to date; Dances with Devils: A Journalist's Search for Truth, Little Ice Cream Boy, Rat Roads, Into the heart of darkness: Confessions of apartheid's assassins, In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid's Death Squads and The President's Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison
He was the first journalist to expose the existence of South African police death squads in 1989.
In 2002, Pauw became the recipient of the ICIJ award, for his work for The Bishop of Shyogwe, a TV documentary that exposed the secret hideout of Samuel Musabyimana, an Anglican bishop wanted on genocide charges in Rwanda.
- He hails from the city of Tshwane.
This article first appeared on 702 : 8 things you may not know about Jacques Pauw