Max Du Preez
Summary ProfileMax du Preez is a veteran journalist, political commentator and newspaper columnist known for his consistent refusal, since the days of PW Botha right to the present, to be politically correct and for his honest analysis. He has remarkable access to both the ruling elite and the political opposition. He is also an expert on South African history.
Max was formerly Political Editor of the Financial Mail, Sunday Times and Business Day. He was a delegate to the controversial 1988 talks with the ANC's exiled leadership in Dakar, Senegal, and afterwards founded the famous anti-apartheid newspaper Vrye Weekblad. After it was forced to close down, he joined the SABC early in 1994 and became a familiar face on television, producing and presenting programmes such as the TRC Special Report and Special Assignment. In 1999 he was sacked by the SABC for questioning the broadcaster's editorial independence. Since then he has written seven highly acclaimed books on politics and history and has made groundbreaking television documentaries such as the film on King Moshoeshoe of the Basotho, one of South Africa's first great democrats.
Among his published books are: Louis Luyt - Unauthorised; Pale Native - Memories of a Renegade Reporter; Of Warriors Lovers and Prophets - Unusual Stories from South Africa's Past and its sequel, Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats; Oranje Blanje Blues; Dwars - Mymeringe van 'n Gebleikte Afrikaan; and The World according to Julius Malema (with Mandy Rossouw).
Max has received more journalism awards than any other South African journalist, including awards from the universities of Yale, Harvard and Cape Town and from professional bodies like the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the SA Union of Journalists and the Foreign Correspondents Association. He was the Yale Globalist International Journalist of the year in 2006 and received the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for brave and honest journalism from the SA National Editors’ Forum.
Max is a sought-after speaker specializing on the latest political trends and analysis, which he usually illustrates with telling anecdotes, and also gives a fascinating talk on South African history and its relevance for us today.