[LISTEN] Veteran UK journo describes reporting in SA on the cusp of democracy

Veteran anchor Jeremy Thompson is in South Africa to launch his autobiography 'Breaking News' at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park, Johannesburg on Thursday.

One of the longest-serving journalists and news anchors in the UK, Thompson is easily one of the most recognised faces and voices as a newsman around the world.

He took some time off to speak to 702's Bongani Bingwa on The Breakfast Show, about how South Africa is viewed from a global perspective, as well the first time he visited the country for an assignment.

I lived here for the first half of the 90s in what was turbulent and tumultuous time for South Africa.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

It was sort of a huge upheaval as it created its new history that you now live in, and I am reminded of a lot of those things, the factional fighting within the ANC, that seems to be going on now as you yet again try and define and decide the leadership of this country.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

When I was a foreign correspondent here, the story of the struggle against apartheid, the changing times, coming of democracy would be a lead story on bulletins day after day. Whereas looking at a UK bulletin these days, the Zuma story has barely hit the radar.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

I think what is happening now, no longer against the backdrop of turbulence or turmoil, this is an internecine political struggle within the ANC about the leadership of this country. It feels like the country is slightly marking time until these fellows sort it out.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

Thompson speaks of his experience of Nelson Mandela.

One of the intriguing things about Mandela, when you talk to him about his role within the ANC, he saw himself as the ultimate team man.

Jeremy Thompson, veteran Journalist and former Sky News Anchor

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