50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa


Author: Alexander Parker

Illustrator: Zapiro

Genre: South African non-fiction

RRP: R250

ISBN: 9780987043726


RELEASE DATE: November 2012 – updated in 2015


Part history, part social commentary, 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa is an engrossing and edifying read that delves into South African politics, war, sport and culture, and answers the question, who are the greatest villains, the direst leaders, the foulest corrupters and the most offensive personalities to have spread their regrettable influence through our fine and glorious land? 

From Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 to Jacob Zuma in 2016 – via Basson, Botha, Shaka and Shaik – it is filled with the nastiest names to have besmirched our past. These are men of infamy (and three women) who have steered the good ship South Africa firmly in the wrong direction by virtue of their ruinous megalomania (Mbeki, Rhodes), foul convictions (Verwoerd, Terre’Blanche) or general idiocy (Malema, Erwin). But the obvious political gangsters and historical heavy-hitters are just the half of it: there’s also the colonial warmonger (Lord Milner), the national embarrassment (Rudolf Straeuli), the societal delinquent (The minibus taxi driver), the unexpected sports villain (Richie Benaud!), the Euro-chancer (Mark Thatcher), the traitor (Kevin Pietersen) and the twat (Kevin Pietersen).


Alexander Parker is a journalist whose work appears regularly in a wide variety of South African newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the follow-up to this title, 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans, and 25 Cars To Drive Before You Die.


Zapiro is South Africa’s premier political cartoonist. He has won multiple local and international accolades and has released numerous bestselling collections of his work.