Zimbabwe. Bell Pottinger. Rwanda. Jan van Riebeeck’s white gangsters, and Pik Botha’s spin-doctoring. Zuma is loving his pool while Cyril tries not to drown. The paedophiles of PE. Irma Stern and #metoo. That’s just a taste of the content of the first new edition in 25 years of Vrye Weekblad, which will be published online this Friday, April 5. Expect exposés, news, analysis and more in the digital Vrye Weekblad every Friday, says founding editor Max du Preez – along with a mix of fresh and experienced voices. This week’s crop of authors includes Jeremy Vearey, Virginia Keppler, Deon Gouws, Jacques Pauw, Annelize Visser, Anastasia de Vries, Hassan Essop and Chris Vick, as well as Du Preez himself.

A quarter of a century ago, Du Preez and his team were holding the apartheid government to account. Now Vrye Weekblad plans to publish equally fearless journalism adapted for today’s sociopolitical environment in SA. “We are proud of the role we played [before 1994]. No fear or favou...

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