Max Du Preez

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Max du Preez is a South African author, columnist, and documentary filmmaker. Max du Preez was also the founding editor of Vrye Weekblad Online, also known as Vrye Weekblad II, which was launched on April 5, 2019.

Early Life and Childhood

Max Du Preez was born on March 3, 1951, in Kroonstad, South Africa. His age is 71 years as of 2022 and Preez is a naturalized South African citizen and Christian by religion.

Similarly, his full name is Max Du Preez and his birth sign is Pisces. Preez has received a lot of family support to succeed in his career. Moreover, Preez’s family has been there for him every step. Similarly, Preez’s parents have mutual interests and respect for one another.

Such characteristics indicate that Preez grew up in a loving home and inherited attractive traits from their parents, particularly honesty and respect. However, there is no additional information available regarding Preez’s parents and siblings.

Preez may not want to share information about his family to keep them out of the spotlight. We hope Preez will provide more information about his family to the media.


Talking about his educational background, Preez has done his schooling at a community school in Kroonstad. Later, Preez graduated from the University of Exeter, and Stellenbosch University.

Career and Professional Life

Regarding his career, Max du Preez is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and columnist. Du Preez worked as a political correspondent for Beeld, Financial Mail, Sunday Times, and Business Day between 1982 and 1988.

Moreover, In 2008, he received the Nat Nakasa Award for fearless reporting. Du Preez founded the Afrikaans-language weekly newspaper Vrye Weekblad in November 1988, and its progressive successor Vrye Weekblad Online in 2019.

The newspaper’s offices were bombed during his tenure as editor-in-chief, and Du Preez received death threats as a result of the paper’s opposition to apartheid. He was sentenced to six months in prison for quoting Joe Slovo, the banned former leader of the South African Communist Party.

The Vrye Weekblad first reported on the Vlakplaas Death Squads and their commander, Dirk Coetzee. Du Preez was fired by the SABC in 1999 as the executive editor of Special Assignment, an investigative television show after he objected to the screening of a documentary.

Though it was initially stated that his contract would not be renewed, the SABC later stated that he had been fired for gross insubordination. The decision sparked a public campaign calling for his reinstatement, and the SABC’s handling prompted complaints to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa.

The incident was interpreted as an example of a public broadcaster willingly transforming itself into a state propaganda apparatus.

Max Du Preez

Caption: Max Du Preez giving a speech. Source: Wikipedia

Brand Endorsements

Preez has not endorsed any brand, nor has he promoted anything, nor has he been seen in any brand collaborations.

Awards and Nomination

In 1991 Preez won Louis M. Lyons Award for conscience and integrity in journalism. Similarly, in 1996 he won Excellence in Journalism award from the Foreign Correspondents Association of Southern Africa.

Likewise, in 2006 he won Yale Globalist International Journalist of the Year. Also, in 2008 he won Nat Nakasa Award for fearless reporting.

Max Du Preez – Net Worth 2022

Max du Preez is a South African author, columnist, and documentary filmmaker who has earned a considerable income from his work. Preez’s estimated net worth is around $3 million. Also, Preez’s annual salary is $500k per year and his source of income is mainly his journalism profession.

Max Du Preez

Caption: Max Du Preez at his home. Source: Briefly News

Relationship Status

Many details about Max Du Preez’s personal life are not available to the public. According to reports, the celebrated journalist is currently single, having divorced in the early 1980s. Prez had two children from his marriage, both of whom are now adults.


Rumors that then-President Thabo Mbeki was a philanderer were sparked by a comment made by Du Preez on a national radio show in 2001. During a discussion about the lack of investigation into Mbeki’s private life, Du Preez stated: “He is regarded as a womanizer.

It is widely known, and I believe we should begin discussing it, that the president has this type of personal life. I’m not saying it’s outrageous. He’s a con artist.”

Max Du Preez – Body Measurements

Talking about Preez’s height he is 5 Feet 10 inches tall and weighs 80kg. Moreover, Preez’s eye color is grey and his hair color is white. Also, Preez’s shoe size is 10(US).

Max Du Preez

Caption; Max Du Preez giving a pose. Source: News 24

Social Media

Preez is very active on Twitter His Twitter handle @maxdupreez is followed by 290.8k followers. His Facebook account is @max.dupreez.3 and has 32.4k followers.