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Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 408 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Zebra Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Razia Khan
Some interesting insights. Useful detail on apartheid South Africa's involvement in Angola and pre-independence Namibia, as well as the violence that continued to be instigated well after Mandela's release. Unfortunately, the later chapters often descended into a bit of a rant - and were much more about the author (railing against the SABC for example) than anything else.

Particularly good for its insight into the way apartheid South Africa worked - Magnus Malan's false claim that SWAPO's Anton
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"History is against you, my brother" is a euphemism for "You're a good guy. But you're White and this is no longer a White man's country".

Brutally poignant, honest and realistic. Also, very well written.

Many white people who denounced Apartheid were automatically assumed to be silent partners of the new South African dispensation. And everything was OK while Mandela was on top.

But then the old man went, incompetence gave way to corruption and the same White people denounced those flaws. Suddenly
Liz Lobster
Brilliant brilliant book!

Not only informative on the history of South Africa from the 70's to current day, but also insightful on the identity crisis that many South Africans face today.

Kudos to Max and his mates for playing such a fundamental role in SA's history, despite suffering persecution from many parties. I wish more of us had the hutzpah to fight for the cause of justice despite likely fallout.
Michael d'Offay

Insightful and detailed personal look into the world of SA politics past and present. Max is pretty blunt and crude in places but I learnt a lot.
Max is a journalist who writes a great memoir about being a liberal Afrikaaner during apartheid.
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