Max du Preez, newspaper columnist and author of A Rumour of Spring: South Africa after 20 years of Democracy, will be starting a job at News24 this week.
Du Preez resigned from Independent Newspapers last month because after a disagreement with executive editor, Karima Brown. Following allegations of racism from the presidency, Brown issued an apology for a column in which Du Preez criticised President Jacob Zuma, without consulting him first. The presidency had complained that Du Preez’s piece was racist, but Du Preez says that his criticism of Zuma made no reference to race. Furthermore, he says the column contained no factual inaccuracies, and therefore did not warrant an apology.
News24’s Editor in chief Andrew Trench said that he is pleased Du Preez will be making his home at the company.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer a ‘home’ to Max. His reputation for truth, his passion for press freedom and his calibre of journalism make him one of the best, and exactly the kind of unapologetic opinion we want on News24,” Trench said.
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Du Preez said he was privileged to have a voice on News24.
“I’m going to do my best to make sure that my conversations with readers on News24 will help stimulate healthy, rigorous debates and contribute to an informed public opinion.
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