On Gavin Watson and the Stellenbosch Mafia: Don't miss these bestselling authors on News24

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Several of News24's journalists and contributors are published authors.
Several of News24's journalists and contributors are published authors.

News24 is home to many excellent writers and counts several bestselling authors among its contributors. From journalistic non-fiction to sci-fi novels, here are all the authors that you will find on News24.


  

Adriaan Basson

The editor-in-chief of News24 is the author of four books: Blessed by Bosasa: Gavin Watson's state capture cult (2019), the result of his career-long reporting of the company's connections with the ANC; Zuma Exposed (2012), Finish & Klaar: Selebi's Fall from Interpol to the Underworld (2010)and Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back (2017), which he co-authored with colleague Pieter du Toit. The latter was the first definitive account of former president Jacob Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a people fought back.

Read an excerpt from Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson's 'cult rituals'

Read Basson's weekly column here.

Adriaan Basson

Pieter du Toit

In addition to Enemy of the People, News24's assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit is the author of the bestselling The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaire's Club (2020), published in English and Afrikaans. Johann Rupert, Jannie Mouton, Markus Jooste and Christo Wiese: EFF leader Julius Malema referred to them as the very worst example of white monopoly capital. In this book, Du Toit explores this "club" of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? 

Read an excerpt: The Stellenbosch Mafia: 'Why I believe the '94' election was rigged' - Johann Rupert

Read an excerpt from Enemy of the People: 'The axe has fallen'

Pieter du Toit

Mandy Wiener

Wiener's book Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed (2011) became a runaway hit with its first print run of 10 000 copies selling out in just four days. With unrivalled access to the men involved in the killing of mining magnate Brett Kebble, Wiener exposed the corrupt relationship between the country's then Chief of Police and Interpol President Jackie Selebi and Mafioso Glenn Agliotti.

Wiener has subsequently written Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored (2018) and, more recently, The Whistleblowers (2020), which shines a light on the role whistleblowers have played in exposing fraud and corruption in South Africa. She also co-authored a book with fellow journalist Barry Bateman about the Oscar Pistorius trial, titled Behind the Door. Wiener writes a weekly column for News24.

Read an excerpt from Ministry of Crime: How the aftermath of Lolly Jackson's murder exposed corruption within SA's crime intelligence ranks

Read an interview with Wiener about The Whistleblowers

Mandy Wiener

Ralph Mathekga

Dr Ralph Mathekga is considered the go-to political analyst on South African politics. He has authored the books When Zuma Goes and Ramaphosa's Turn. The former was written in 2016, when the Zuma era was coming to an end, and many were asking what would be left of South Africa upon his departure and whether the ANC, and the country, had leaders to fill the void. It was followed by Ramaphosa's Turn (2018), in which Mathekga dissected the man and the politician and whether he was up to the challenge of leading South Africa.

Mathekga started his career as political researcher with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) and worked as a senior policy analyst in the Budget Office at the National Treasury. His weekly column is published on News24 every Monday and can be read here.

Read an excerpt from Ramaphosa's Turn: Why Ramaphosa should be frantically recruiting friends

Ralph Mathekga books

Melanie Verwoerd

Verwoerd is a former Member of Parliament for the ANC, the former Ambassador to Ireland, and the former Director of UNICEF- Ireland. She is also the author of the best-selling book When We Dance, a memoir published in South Africa under the title The Verwoerd who Toyi-Toyied (2013). She has authored and co-authored books, including 21 at 21: The Coming of a Nation (2015) and Our Madiba: Stories and Reflections from Those who Met Nelson Mandela (2014). She currently works as an independent political analyst and writes a weekly column for News24, which can be read here.

Read Verwoerd's latest column: The ANC does not have exclusive insight into what is good for SA

Melanie Verwoerd

Qaanitah Hunter

News24's political editor is author of the book Balance of Power: Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa (2019). In this book, Hunter takes the reader right into the heart of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to the ANC presidency, and the political balancing act which he has had to maintain as president of the country. With a front-row seat to the country's politics, Hunter shared fresh insights into Jacob Zuma's removal as president, and Ramaphosa's ascendency. 

Read an excerpt from Balance of Power: 'Fifteen days in February'

Read Hunter's columns here

Qaanitah Hunter

Siya Khumalo

Siya Khumalo is a News24 columnist, who writes about the intersection of religion, politics and sex. He is the author of You Have To Be Gay To Know God (2018), which won the Desmond Tutu-Gerrit Brand Literary Prize. The book shows how politicians use homophobic religious teachings as the basis of a mandate, not to solve real challenges, but to instead scapegoat "the other" (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people) in exchange for easy power, privilege and position. Read Khumalo's columns here.

Read a review of You Have to Be Gay To Know God

Siya Khumalo

John Matisonn

Matisonn is a veteran political journalist and author. He was one of the founding councillors of South Africa's Independent Broadcasting Authority and, from 1986 to 1991, was the South Africa correspondent for National Public Radio in the United States. In 1979, when South Africa was under the apartheid regime, he was sentenced to two weeks in jail for refusing to reveal his sources for an article which led to exposure of the Muldergate Scandal. Matisonn's book God, Spies and Lies (2015) has been described as part personal and part political memoir; a study of the intersection of power and the media, and its significance in South Africa's history. Matisonn's weekly column on American politics appears on Saturdays on News24.

Read his latest column: Donald Trump is back… for the weekend?

John Matisonn

Karyn Maughan

As one of the country's foremost legal writers, Maughan's contact book is the envy of her peers. Her ability to get the inside scoop on complicated legal matters and report it with crystal clarity has produced two bestselling books. The first was on the murder of strip club kingpin Lolly Jackson – Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality (2012). The other was on the so-called Modimolle monster, titled, The Modimolle Monster – Love is War (2013).

Read a review of Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

Karyn Maughan

Khulekani Magubane

Magubane is a financial journalist at Fin24 in Cape Town. He has published over a dozen titles, including several children's books. His latest book is titled, The Sirius Squad 2: Between Enemy Lines (2020), the second in an afro-futurist sci-fi trilogy. He is the author of a dark satire called Racers, Rats and Rubbish Bins (2012), a romance short story called This Love Thing: A New Age Love Story (2018) and has contributed to a host of poetry and short story anthologies.

Khulekani Magubane

Carien du Plessis

Veteran political journalist Carien du Plessis has authored two books. In Woman in the Wings, written ahead of the ANC's 2017 elective conference, she looks at Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's early years, education and involvement in the struggle; her role as a Cabinet minister under all four presidents of democratic South Africa; and her achievements as African Union Commission chairperson. The book considers her feminism and political philosophy; tracks her presidential ambitions and campaigning; and explores how her personal relationship with Jacob Zuma influenced her politics. In Understanding South Africa (2019), she and Martin Plaut offer insights into how Africa's largest and most diversified economy is closely tied to its neighbours' fortunes.

Carien du Plessis

Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Thando Manana was the third black African player to don a Springbok jersey after unification in 1992, when he made his debut in 2000 in a tour game against Argentina A. His route to the top of the game was unpredictable and unusual, but it isn't solely Thando's rugby journey that makes Being a Black Springbok: The Thando Manana Story (2017) a remarkable sports biography. It's learning how he has negotiated life's perils and pitfalls, skillfully documented by Sport24 deputy editor Sibusiso Mjikeliso, which threatened to derail both his sporting ambitions and the course of his life.

Read an excerpt: A tough road to being a Bok

Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Lloyd Burnard

The story of the Springboks' 2019 Rugby World Cup victory is one of the most inspiring in South African sporting history. It is about how two men - coach Rassie Erasmus and captain Siya Kolisi - led a team of warriors into battle and conquered the world when inequality and division are still undeniable realities in South African society. In his debut book, Miracle Men: How Rassie's Springboks won the World Cup (2020), Sport24 editor Lloyd Burnard takes the reader on a thrilling journey from the time when no one gave the Boks a chance of winning, to the delirious victory tour. He covers the key roles played by Erasmus and Kolisi, and their special relationship.

Watch Burnard discussing Miracle Men

Read an excerpt: The Trophy Tour from Miracle Men by Lloyd Burnard

Lloyd Burnard

Alet Law

To emigrate or not has always been a contentious topic among South African dinner tables. In Should we go? (2020) more than 20 of South Africa's foremost thought leaders, including several News24 columnists, grapple with this question. Compiled by Law, the book is an attempt to find insights that will challenge every person who is thinking of leaving, has already left, or has decided to stay so that they may thrive as South Africans wherever they are. Contributors include News24's Ralph Mathekga, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Melanie Verwoerd and Mandy Wiener, as well as the prominent voices of Jonathan Jansen, Ferial Haffajee and more.

Read an excerpt | Phumzile van Damme: When my heart says go, my head says stay

Should we go Alet Law

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