Author says empty book 'Reasons to vote ANC' forces SA to fill in the blanks

Cartoonist Tim Mostert says his satirical book urges South Africans to think deeply about the state of political affairs in the country.

Mostert is the brains behind the blank-paged bestseller Reasons to vote ANC.

Read: Reasons to vote ANC: The blank, fast selling manuscript

He says the book was published with the intention to stir and start conversations among citizens.

Mostert 'wrote' the book under the pseudonym 'Thami Thami' and says the paperback is a living punchline.

The cartoonist says ANC's corrupt leadership has pillaged the country and completely blown the fresh start South Africa had in 1994.

The book is open to interpretation.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

The great thing about this book is that it is a living punchline.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

People are trying to keep their place at the trough.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

The ANC used to stand for a lot of things and had great integrity... The ANC is several different organisations now.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

The ANC has slowly deteriorated into something unrecognisable from what it used to be.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

The current ANC seems to be about thievery, corruption, nepotism, state capture - all the things that are making South Africa negative.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

They want to keep leadership on that can keep stealing. We need to sweep out the rot.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

I have tremendous faith in the country. I have no faith in the government.

Tim Mostert, cartoonist and author of Reasons to vote ANC

You can expect more literary work from Thami Thami, with a book series called Know Your Nation.

Know Your Nation is a punchy and light book series about the rich culture, history and geography of South Africa.

Listen to the discussion about the book, South Africa and the ANC:


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
'ANC hasn't stuck to its own campaign rules'

'ANC hasn't stuck to its own campaign rules'

Many ANC delegates are brandishing T-shirts and posters declaring their preferred presidential candidate, reports Govan Whittles.

'#ANC54 is not the big game'

'#ANC54 is not the big game'

Political analyst Sithembile Mbete looks at why it is all about winning state power and who holds that power in government.

[LISTEN] Whatever the outcome, it's all varying degrees of bad - Richard Poplak

[LISTEN] Whatever the outcome, it's all varying degrees of bad - Richard Poplak

Journalist Richard Poplak shrares his analysis of the current state of the ANC and its future after the national conference.

New ANC leadership must be firm on state capture - Mantashe at last SG address

New ANC leadership must be firm on state capture - Mantashe at last SG address

Outgoing secretary general Gwede Mantashe, in his final press briefing, says state capture debate continues to divide the party.

#ANC54 Three CNN journalists intimidated, threatened with arrest

#ANC54 Three CNN journalists intimidated, threatened with arrest

The group are said to have crossed a barricade separating delegates from journalists, before being ushered to a room.

Reasons to vote ANC: The blank, fast selling manuscript

Reasons to vote ANC: The blank, fast selling manuscript

'Reasons to vote ANC' is currently the second best selling book at the Exclusive Books Sandton City branch.

Popular articles
'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

'Banned ANC delegates have shot themselves in the foot, got what they deserved'

Deputy Editor of Financial Mail, Sikonathi Mantshantsha says branches were warned but did not listen, and he has no sympathy.

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Adam Habib: Where would the money to fund free education come from?

Vice-Chancellor of Wits University Adam Habib says Zuma's promise requires about R40 billion in order to be fulfilled.

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

Listen to what President Zuma had to say on Friday at the #ANC54 Gala Dinner ahead of the elective conference.

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

JUST IN: Some delegates barred from voting #ANC54

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced that some delegates will not be able to vote in this weekend's elective conference.

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

Van Damme: De Lille has until Monday to respond to maladministration claims

The DA has suspended Patricia de Lille from party activities but Eusebius McKaiser says its statement 'is clear as mud'.

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

LISTEN: Father of drowned toddler speaks of dangers and heartbreak

Connor Weber, fell unnoticed into a bin of water and drowned.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.