An apartheid spy, a trailblazer and a terrorist: 9 articles to listen to on News24

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Sathima Bea Benjamin pictured here with Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim. (Photo: Courtesy of the family of Sathima Bea Benjamin)
Sathima Bea Benjamin pictured here with Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim. (Photo: Courtesy of the family of Sathima Bea Benjamin)

Some articles are even better when listened to. If you haven't had time to read these articles, grab your earphones and listen to the stories narrated by News24's Bongo Mbutuma.


1. Meet Olivia Anne Marie Forsyth, the apartheid spy who 'defected' to the ANC

Olivia Anne Marie Forsyth (born May 1960) is a former spy for the apartheid government in South Africa. With the agent number RS407 and code name "Lara", Forsyth defected to the ANC but was later incarcerated in its prison camp, Quatro, in northern Angola. 

Duration: 7:48

2. Just who enabled the Guptas?

As the contents of the Pandora's Box of scandalous information tumbles out at the hearings of the Zondo commission of inquiry, it is popular to hear of politicians in the Free State being blamed for enabling the Gupta family's attempt to capture the state in SA. But the rot goes much farther than that, writes Accountability Now's Paul Hoffman.

Duration: 7:40

3. 'She was a boundary breaker. A trailblazer.' Celebrating Sathima Bea Benjamin

In interviews throughout her life, Sathima was constantly interrogated about her song, Africa, and how she could compose the song's words while living abroad. Her answer was always the same. The connection to Africa was a "spiritual embrace", remaining with her wherever she went. "So I’m always home. It’s like I took Africa within, and that’s the coming home." Listen to this tribute to the musician of whom The Golden City Post wrote in 1959: "There is no doubt about it, Beatrice Benjamin is the mostest, the greatest and the most appealing girl singer in the Cape."

Duration: 24:04

4. Clicks got baited... and so did the truth

In this opinion piece, political analyst Ebrahim Fakir questions what it means for the future of democracy if debate around the Clicks hair advert was shut down, allowing only one prevailing view.

Duration: 13:34

5. Journalist Mandy Wiener: 'SA fails whistleblowers both culturally and legislatively'

South African whistleblowers exposed state capture, the arms deal, and Bosasa corruption, but journalist Mandy Wiener believes the country is failing them. In a wide ranging interview with News24 she says the country needs a cultural and legislative change, shares why anger will save South Africa, and why she is optimistic about the situation at 702 after a number of high profile exits. 

Duration: 12:06

6. From dubious, to discredited, to deleted: The evolution of a rogue report

In the history of reporting, there are few reports that have undergone more evolutions than the KPMG report regarding the SARS Rogue Unit. So convoluted and complicated is the story, it may be easy for most of us to struggle to remember what the whole brouhaha was all about. And core to the story, is the role of two professions which operate on the basis of a significant social license unmatched by other professions, writes accountant and academic Khaya Sithole in this opinion piece.

Duration: 10:47

7. Bin Laden’s Hard Drive - The most secret content finally revealed

When Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad in 2011, Navy SEALs recovered hard drives and computers from the al-Qaeda compound. Now, nearly a decade later, some of this data has been declassified and released to the public.

Duration: 9:16

8. EXCLUSIVE: Exodus | Uncovering sexual crimes and missing millions at a KZN 'cult'

A 50-year old Christian mission in KwaZulu-Natal stands accused of gross violations of human rights, turning a blind eye to sexual abuse, and alleged money laundering spanning four decades. If you haven't had time to read the explosive investigation on the KwaSizabantu Mission, listen to this article.

Duration: 17:09

9. Exodus | 'I'm deeply ashamed': Former KSB employee on how he spied for apartheid security forces

News24 journalist Tammy Petersen's interview with Koos Greeff, a former KwaSizabantu employee and apartheid spy, tells a gripping story of lies and deceit. Well worth the time to listen to the article.

Duration: 18:42

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