The Apartheid Captain who defected to the ANC in the late 1980s but who died in March 2013 was under the care of President Jacob Zuma in exile.


A newly released controversial South African book revealing shocking details of President Jacob Zuma’s alleged tax scandals says ex-Vlakplaas commander and co-founder Dirk Coetzee predicted as early as the 1980s that Zuma would one day be President.

The book is written by journalist Jacques Pauw and is titled ‘The President’s Keepers’.

It alleges Zuma received a salary of R1 million from a security company and never disclosed it and that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has relations with dodgy businessmen.

Dirk Coetze ‘predicted’ in the 1980s Zuma would be President

Authorities want the President’s Keepers banned, say it is in breach of the State Security Act.

In Chapter 4, Pauw writes of the days Coetzee left the Apartheid police branch, which was notorious for its brutal torture and gruesome killing of anti-Apartheid activists in the 1980s, to join the ANC and assist it in its war against the Apartheid regime.

Pauw was a journalist for the Vrye Weekblad, an Afrikaans newspaper he founded with Max du Preez and four other journalists in 1988, when he assisted Coetzee join the ANC.

Coetzee first met Pauw while Pauw was working for a pro-Apartheid Sunday newspaper during the 1980s and was only able to listen to him properly once they had founded the Vrye Weekblad in November 1988.

Here, Coetzee – who had fallen out with his generals at the South African Security Branch after they demoted him from the position of Vlakplaas commander to a dog unit handler – was angry that his own bosses had done that to him and had wanted to see journalists and tell them of the secret operations of the Vlakplaas death squad.

When they sent him to be a dog unit handler, they replaced him with Eugene de Kok, who carried on the torture and killing of activists opposed to Apartheid.

Dirk Coetze ‘predicted’ in the 1980s Zuma would be President

“Embittered and disillusioned, Coetzee embarked on a campaign to get back at the generals who had engineered his demise,” Pauw writes.

“He spoke to top Progressive Federal Party (PFP) politicians and a newspaper editor.

“He told them of his murderous missions, of how his unit had poisoned captured ‘terrorists’ who refused to become askaris and then burned their bodies on pyres of wood and tyres – while gorging themselves on brandy and Coke at their own braaivleis-vuur (barbecue) a few metres away.

“He explained how they slit the throat of a well-known lawyer, Griffiths Mxenge, in 1981 because they suspected that the ANC was channelling money through his

bank account. He mentioned the names of three generals and several brigadiers who ordered the assassinations.

“Nobody believed Coetzee or wanted to believe him and he eventually found his way to me as a young reporter at an Afrikaans Sunday newspaper,” writes Pauw.

“The paper supported the government and would never have published the story. I kept in contact with Coetzee, and when we founded Vrye Weekblad [in 1988], it was time to expose the existence of the police death squads,” he said in the book.

First they arranged for Coetzee to join and be under the protection of the ANC in London.

When Coetzee arrived in London in 1989, he met Zuma. Pauw said when he met Coetzee after his meeting with Zuma, Coetze told him the following words: “I’m telling you, he’s going to be president one day. I’ve never seen anyone with such a sharp brain. He is a supreme strategist.”

Dirk Coetze ‘predicted’ in the 1980s Zuma would be President

President Jacob Zuma. MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

PDF copies of the President’s Keepers were circulated through e-mails and Whatsapp messenger over the weekend.

Its publishers – NB Publishers – said the sharing of the PDF of Pauw’s book was hurting him financially as he put everything in it.

On Friday, the South African Security Agency wrote a letter to NB Publishers, ordering them not to publish the book as it was in breach of the Security Act.

The book alleges Zuma owes R63 million in tax bills, which he has tried to avoid paying.

“We assure the public the book is not banned and we are printing more to meet the overwhelming demand and working to get it to the shops. We are also fighting the attempts to have this book withdrawn,” NB Publishers said in a statement on Saturday.

The state security agency believe the book is riddled with many inaccuracies of a criminal nature.

“Noting the admission that you did not seek the views of [the people apparently implicated], it is not surprise that this book is replete with inaccuracies. We note that it is the duty of the author, editor and publisher to ensure the accuracy thereof. In the circumstances, we hold jointly responsible for publication of fake information,” the SSA said.

(edited by ZK)

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