Penguin Random House is proud to announce that Pieter-Louis Myburgh has won the 14th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism. Myburgh’s bestseller, Gangster state, exposes the dealings of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.
Professor Anton Harber, convener of the judging panel, said: "Every now and then, there comes along a piece of work that is so impactful and convincing that it comes to define the way the public sees someone, and that is the case with Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s deeply-researched book and its subject, senior politician Ace Magashule."
Marlene Fryer, non-fiction publisher at PRH, is thrilled that Myburgh has received recognition for his book. She said: "He is one of the country’s most thorough and courageous investigative journalists, and this prestigious award is a fitting acknowledgement of his work. PRH has a long tradition of publishing investigative journalism and we look forward to publishing more books of this kind in future."
In his explosive book, Myburgh ventures deeper than ever before into Magashule’s murky dealings, from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, and his rise to one of the ANC’s most influential positions.
Sifting through heaps of records, documents and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh explores Magashule’s relationship with the notorious Gupta family and other tender moguls; investigates government projects costing billions that enriched his friends and family but failed the poor; reveals how he was about to be arrested by the Scorpions before their disbandment in the late 2000s; and exposes the methods used to keep him in power in the Free State and to secure him the post of ANC secretary-general.
Most tellingly, Myburgh pieces together a pack of leaked emails and documents to reveal shocking new details on a massive Free State government contract and Magashule’s dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017. These files seem to lay bare the methods of a man who usually operated without leaving a trace. Gangster state is an unflinching examination of the ANC’s top leadership in the post–Jacob Zuma era, one that should lead readers to a disconcerting conclusion: When it comes to the forces of capture, South Africa is still far from safe.
For more information on the book, visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za.