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In The Jaws of the Crocodile – Ray Ndlovu

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In The Jaws of the Crocodile – Ray Ndlovu

Ray Ndlovu discusses his book 'In The Jaws of the Crocodile'

14th November 2018


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The fall of Robert Mugabe and the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president in November 2017 were events that no one could have predicted. Just three weeks earlier, Mugabe had sacked Mnangagwa as vice-president, a move that seemed to end the long political career of the man known as ‘The Crocodile’.

In the Jaws of the Crocodile tells the gripping story of how Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe in fear for his life, and of his brief exile in South Africa, where he declared to Mugabe that he would return ‘in a matter of weeks’ to take control of the levers of power.


It describes the military intervention against Mugabe and his allies, analyses the sudden power shift within Zanu-PF, and gives an eyewitness account of the mass demonstrations as people took to the streets to demand an end to Mugabe’s rule. It describes Mnangagwa’s return to Zimbabwe to take over the presidency, and concludes with an account of the disputed 2018 election.

Drawing on interviews with Mnangagwa, his family, allies and opponents, and key political figures, this book gives unprecedented insights into the momentous events that changed the fate of a nation.



Ray Ndlovu is the Zimbabwe writer for the Sunday Times and also writes for its sister publication Business Day. Previously, Ray was the assistant bureau chief at the Financial Gazette, the leading business weekly newspaper in Zimbabwe. He has also contributed to the Mail & Guardian, City Press, African Independent and Africa in fact, as well as to the Guardian (UK) and Der Spiegel (Germany). He is a regular contributor on PowerFM 98.7, where he provides commentary on political and business news in Zimbabwe and the SADC region.

In The Jaws of the Crocodile is published by Penguin Random House South Africa


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