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’50 People Who F****d Up South Africa’: Who has made the list?

It has been a wild, wild ten years for South Africa. We’ve gone through a lot together, and this newly published book plays a spectacular blame game.

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If you’re looking for a late stocking filler this Christmas, this may just prove to be the perfect gift for any friend or relative who is disgruntled with the way our country has been run in the last decade. The team behind “50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa” has written a follow-up book: It’s called 50 People Who F****d Up South Africa: The Lost Decade.

New book laments ‘lost decade’

Authors Alexander Parker and Tim Richman are well-established journalists, and once again, they have teamed up with Zapiro, South Africa’s leading cartoonist. They are the trio behind the three previous bestselling 50 People titles, which also includes 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans (2012) and 50 People Who Stuffed Up The World (2017).

After diligently avoiding swearing for the best part of the last ten years, the writers have finally caved in. ‘The Zuma Decade’ has been characterised by the plundering of state resources, widespread corruption, and outright incompetence at a senior government level. There’s little surprise that you can fit 50 people into this foul-mouthed list.

50 People Who F****d Up South Africa – what you need to know…

As the team behind the book release will tell you, all you can really do as an onlooking citizen is laugh…

“It took 350 years to come up with the list of shame for the original 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa, published to critical acclaim in 2010. But it’s taken only ten more years to come up with the next 50… the new list is now filled with the architects and beneficiaries of state capture who have defined The Lost Decade.”

“There are the crony-corporate enablers and big business abusers. Importantly, there are clean takedowns of those who represent the scandals that will live in infamy when the history of this time is written. Let’s face it, sometimes humour (along with a clearly painted picture) really is the best coping mechanism…”

Who makes the list?

Obviously, we can’t tell you everyone featured here. But we can reel off some of the names you’ll come across. From Abrahams to Zille, and Ace through to Zuma, this title refuses to pull any punches at all.

  • Shaun Abrahams
  • Bathabile Dlamini
  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  • The Guptas
  • Malusi Gigaba
  • Thamsanqa Jantjie
  • Marcus Jooste
  • David Mabuza
  • Ace Magashule
  • Supra Mahumapelo
  • Carl Niehaus
  • Oscar Pistorius
  • Helen Zille
  • Jacob Zuma
  • Mosebenzi Zwane

– 50 People Who F****d Up South Africa is on sale in all major book stores, and the popular online retailers also have copies in stock. Both the softcover or ebook purchase will each cost R285.