Jacob Zuma’s First Book Sells For R20 000

At a mini-auction held during the former president Jacob Zuma’s book’s official launch in Durban on Friday, the first printed copy was purchased for R20,000.

The Jacob G. Zuma Foundation formally published the book, titled Jacob Zuma Speaks.

The starting bid was R500, but the bidding quickly increased. Unionist Muzi Khumalo first offered R16,000 before increasing it to R20,000. In bookstores, the book is available for R280.

The book, which was published in late 2021, has reportedly sold thousands of copies, according to the charity.

The price of the book, according to Khumalo, general secretary of the Construction, Mining, Energy and Engineering Workers Union (Comeewu), is much lower than what the book is actually worth.

He said it was a contribution from the union to the foundation.

“The book relates the tale of a period in South African history when a president was actively transforming the country’s economy and putting it in the hands of the people. According to Khumalo, that book is crucial for future generations to address the myth that Zuma was dishonest.

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, former SAA chair Dudu Myeni, and advocate Dali Mpofu were present at the launch.

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