Q&A: In writing 'Stellenbosch Mafia', Pieter du Toit 'probably lost some friendships and burnt some bridges'

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(From left to right) Johann Rupert, Christo Wiese, Markus Jooste and Jannie Mouton are some of the characters in Pieter du Toit's 'Stellenbosch Mafia'. (Jonathan Ball)
(From left to right) Johann Rupert, Christo Wiese, Markus Jooste and Jannie Mouton are some of the characters in Pieter du Toit's 'Stellenbosch Mafia'. (Jonathan Ball)

On 1 October 2020, the South African Book Awards named Pieter du Toit's Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires' Club 2020's best non-fiction title. Arts24 spoke to the News24 investigations editor about the so-called mafia, writing about his childhood town, as well as the rise of journalistic non-fiction in South African literature.

You grew up and went to school in Stellenbosch and it's quite a small community. What, then, were some of the challenges and benefits that this proximity afforded you?

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