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THEY’RE two of the most controversial sitting presidents, but Jacob Zuma and Donald Trump are also the inspiration behind GAYTON MCKENZIE’s new book, A Hustler’s Bible: The New Testament. “If you think Donald Trump and Jacob Zuma are stupid then you must be stupid. “Zuma used to herd sheep; he ran behind the a** of an animal and today he’s the president of a nation. I don’t agree with his politics but I commend him on his courage, drive and ambition,” says the reformed-gangsterturned-businessman, motivational speaker and author. A Hustler’s Bible: The New Testament is Gayton’s sixth literary offering. His other books include The Choice: the Gayton McKenzie Story and The Choice Junior (both written by Charles Cilliers), A Hustler’s Bible: Words to Hustle By, Trapped and
The Uncomfortable Truth.
DRUM caught up with him to find out more about his new book.
I don’t write my books for intellectuals, I write for hustlers; people with drive and ambition. I’m not a clever person or the most educated person. In my book I tell my truth and I use my life as an example of how coming from zero and being a criminal didn’t stand in the way of [realising] my dreams.
A hustler can be a teacher, a singer or even a person with an office job – as long as you see beyond today and you’re willing to push yourself to become better, you are a hustler.
My former prison warden Champ Setlali: This man never gave up on me. I pay tribute to him because of the chats and motivational talks that helped me become the person I am today