Browsing Category Crime

Altbeker (A.) A COUNTRY AT WAR WITH ITSELF, South Africa's crisis of crime
189 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R110
"Antony Altbeker has spent 13 years working in and around the criminal justice system". He is the author of "The Dirty Work of Democracy: a year on the streets with the SAPS".
Altbeker (A.) FRUIT OF A POISONED TREE, a true story of murder and the miscarriage of justice
438 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. OUT OF PRINT
Antony Altbeker's account of the sensational and controversial trial of Afrikaner actuary Fred van der Vyver for the murder of his girlfriend Inge Lotz in Stellenbosch in 2005.

"This is obligatory reading for those interested in the current state of the nation. It reads like a thriller and is utterly un-put-down-able. It leaves the reader with serious food for thought. It almost convinces one that fiction has become redundant in this country." Marlene van Niekerk.

Antony Altbeker has written two other books about crime and justice in South Africa, "The Dirty Work of Democracy" and "A Country at War with Itself".
Basson (A.) FINISH & KLAAR, Selebi's fall from Interpol to the underworld
328 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R180
Jackie Selebi, member of the African National Congress, South Africa's ambassador to the United Nations and first black director-general of foreign affairs, the first African president of Interpol and South Africa's national police commissioner, was found to have been repeatedly bribed by convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti. In 2010 he was convicted of corruption and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.

Adriaan Basson has won the Taco Kuiper Prize for Investigative Journalism twice and was awarded the Mondi Shanduka Award for Investigative Journalist of the Year in 2010. He is associate partner at the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism and covered the Jackie Selebi trial for the Mail & Guardian.
Brown (A.) GOOD COP, BAD COP, confessions of a reluctant policeman
194pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
Advocate, author and reservist sergeant Andrew Brown's personal acount of the dangerous work of a South African Police Service officer on patrol in Cape Town.

Andrew Brown is also the author of "Street Blues", an earlier account of his experiences as a police reservist, and the novels, "Inyenzi", "Coldsleep Lullaby" (winner of the 2006 Sunday Times Fiction Prize), "Refuge" and "Solace".
Brown (A.) STREET BLUES, the experiences of a reluctant policeman
209 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2008. R140
Author and advocate Andrew Brown has worked as a reservist in the South African Police Service in Cape Town since 1999. His thriller, "Coldsleep Lullaby", won the 2006 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. This is his first work of non-fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2009 Alan Paton Award.
Cantacuzino (M.) THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT, stories for a vengeful age
218pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London & Philadelphia, (2015) 2016. R230
Forewords by Desmond Tutu and Alexander McCall Smith.

Stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence about the impact of forgiveness.

Includes Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele and Linda Biehl and Easy Nofemela from South Africa.

The Forgiveness Project, founded by Marina Cantacuzino, uses personal narratives to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution can be used to impact positively on people's lives. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion.
Chart (S.) 89 BAGS AND COUNTING, my long haul to OR Tambo International and the mystery of the pilfered baggage
201 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R165
Security expert Steve Chart reports on the four years, from 2007 to 2011, he was employed by Airports Company South Africa to investigate the baggage-theft problem at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport.
Eliseev (A.) COLD CASE CONFESSION, unravelling the Betty Ketani murder
398pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R300
Alex Eliseev, a senior reporter and editor for Eyewitness News, covered the Berry Kitani murder case. Betty Kitani's murder, unsolved for over twelve years, was unravelled through the chance discovery of a written confession hidden under a carpet. Three men, Carrington Laughton, Paul Toft-Neelsen, and Eric Neeteson-Lemkeswere, were eventually found guilty of killing her, though the motive remains unclear.

“A relentless search for truth and justice. 'Cold Case Confession' is a story that inspires confidence in the system and affirms that, indeed, we are all equal before the law”. Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector
Ellis (S.) THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, a history of Nigerian organised crime
313pp., paperback, FIrst SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
First published in the UK in 2016.

Stephen Ellis analyses how Nigeria aquired its reputation as an epicentre of organised crime and illicit global trade.

"Stephen Ellis's final book showcases his understanding of this complex, intriguing, exasperating country. Providing forensic - often hilarious - detail about a series of eyewateringly ambitious scams, schemes and stings, Ellis probes the spiritual, cultural and historical impulses which explain why Nigeria became a byword for corruption. He manages to do so without lecturing or berating." Michela Wong, author of "It's Our Turn to Eat"

"This is quite simply a dynamite book, striking for the sheer depth of research and for the way that it is able to fit this material into a bigger picture. It benefits not only from a thorough familiarity with Nigerian history and politics, but also from an awareness especially of the spiritual dimensions of Nigerian life, and the ways in which these feed through into crime as well as virtually every other aspect of Nigerian affairs." Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge

Stephen Ellis (1953-2015) was Desmond Tutu Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He is also the author of "External Mission, the ANC in exile" and "Season of Rains, Africa in the World".
Faull (A.) BEHIND THE BADGE, the untold stories of South Africa's police service members
297 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R230
This book is composed of excerpts from interviews with twenty-eight current and former members of the South African Police Service conducted between late 2008 and September 2009.

Andrew Faull is a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies and a reservist in the South African Police Service.
Ferguson (M.) & Taylor (P.) OSCAR, an accident waiting to happen
176 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R195
Patricia Taylor's account of her teenage daughter Samantha's romance with Oscar Pistorius around the time of the 2012 Olympic Games, as told to journalist Melinda Ferguson.
Fitzpatrick (M.) DIE STAAT VS. OSCAR, 9 uur, 4 skote, 1 raaiseldood
248 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R200
Marida Fitzpatrick's account of the murder of Reeve Steenkamp and the most dramatic moments of Oscar Pistorius' trial.

"Aangrypend, boeiend en pynlik akkuraat. Dis Fitzpatrick op haar beste - as verhalende joernalis en bedrewe woordsmid." Riaan Cruywagen

Journalist Marida Fitzpatrick works for the Afrikaans newspaper, Beeld. She has also written two novels, "Eksklusief uit Eden" and "Iemand vir 'n Scoop".
Friedman (H.) DEAD COWS FOR PIRANHAS, a perilous journey inside the South African drug trade
298 pp., colour ills., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R210
Journalist Hazel Friedman investigates South Africa's connection to the transnational drug trade and concludes that many drug traffickers are used as decoys, set up to be arrested so that professional mules can get through undetected.
Gear (S.) DAAI DING, sex, sexual violence and coercion in men's prisons
84 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2002. R125
A study of sexual interactions and violations among male inmates of South African prisons, undertaken by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.
Grobler (L.) CROSSING THE LINE, when cops become criminals
280 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R210
A study on police criminality in the South African Police Service.

Criminologist Liza Grobler currently performs risk assessments on selected potential parolees for parole boards and consults with offenders on parole.
Hindocha (V.) & Bhatia (S.) ANNI, a father's story
303pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
Vinod Hindocha's account of his daughter Anni's life and death, and the family's struggles to see justice done. Anni Dewani (née Hindocha) was murdered in a township hijacking in November 2010, while on honeymoon in South Africa. Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, was charged with arranging the murder, and found not guilty due to insufficient evidence.
Jensen (S.) GANGS, POLITICS & DIGNITY IN CAPE TOWN,
212 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, etc., 2008. R290
Based on two years of fieldwork in Heideveld (1997 - 1999), Steffen Jensen explores what it means to live in a working-class neighbourhood on the Cape Flats where gangs are omnipresent, criminality is a blurred concept and alternative and competing moral codes exist.

Steffen Jensen is a Senior Researcher with the Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims in Copenhagen. He is also a research affiliate with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER).
Klatzow (D.) JUSTICE DENIED, the role of forensic science in miscarriage of justice
274 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R250
Internationally recognised forensic scientist David Klatzow discusses some of the major forensic disasters that have occurred around the world over the past century, including the unsolved murder of Inge Lotz.
Klatzow (D.) STEEPED IN BLOOD, the life and times of a forensic scientist
314 pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R270
Internationally recognised forensic scientist David Klatzow discusses many of the cases he has investigated in his career. These include the deaths of Brett Kebble and Inge Lotz, the Helderberg aeroplane crash, the Guguletu Seven and Trojan Horse massacres, and the assasination of David Webster.

Foreword by George Bizos.
Kriegler (A.) & Shaw (M.) A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO CRIME TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA,
214pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R185
"In a country where public discussions about crime are dominated by emotions and despondency, Kriegler and Shaw have produced a superb guide to explain South Africa's crime situation. Lucid and accessible, this important book will not end the debate about crime statistics and their meaning, but will steer it towards a more sophisticated conversation all South Africans should be having." Martin Schõnteich, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York

"By taking a long view of the numbers, and explaining in detail how to understand them, Kriegler and Shaw remind us that South Africa is safer today than it has been for decades. This book is a timely and important overview of what we can learn from crime statistics in South Africa and how to interpret them." Chandre Gould, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria

"This is a measured, illuminating book that ought to be widely read". Jonny Steinberg, Associate Professor in African Criminology, University of Oxford

Anine Kriegler is a researcher at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town.
Mark Shaw is the Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. He holds the NRF Chair in African Justice and Security and is the Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, Geneva.
Kynoch (G.) WE ARE FIGHTING THE WORLD, a history of the Marashea gangs in South Africa, 1947-1999
200 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Ohio and Pietermaritzburg, 2005. R175
Gary Kynoch describes the combination of coercive force and administrative weakness that characterized the apartheid state and made it possible for the Marashea (or the "Russians"), a violent African criminal society, to operate outside of government control throughout the apartheid era. For Kynoch, the Marashea's ability to prosper is at the root of the violent crime epidemic that currently plagues South Africa.

"An extremely important contribution to South African scholarship that also offers a wealth of findings for comparative scholarship in the fields of colonialism, state formation, police science, criminology, resistance, migration, and gender studies." Tom Lodge, author of "Politics in South Africa"

Gary Kynoch is an assistant professor of history at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Lewis (H.P.) GOD'S GANGSTERS?, the history, language rituals, secrets and myths of South African's prison gangs
162 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2006) 2010. R185
A reprint of social worker Heather Parker Lewis' book on The Number gangs in South African prisons.
Marnewick (C.) CLARENCE VAN BUUREN, die man agter die donkerbril
523 pp., illus., hardback, Pretoria, 2012. R250
Chris Marnevick explores the unanswered questions the surround the murder of Joy Aken. In 1956 Clarence van Buuren was hanged for her murder. He always claimed he was innocent and his motive has remained a mystery.

Chris Marnevick's first novel, "Shepherds & Butchers" (2008) won the 2009 University of Johannesburg Prize and the K.Sello Duiker Prize. He is also the author of "The Soldier Who Said No" (2010) and "A Sailor's Honour" (2011).

Text in Afrikaans.
McNally (P.) THE STREET, exposing a world of cops, bribes and drug dealers
323pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R285
Through the lives of a shop owner, a police-officer, a police reservist and a powerful drug dealer couple, Paul McNally chronciles lawlessness on a street in Sophiatown.

"This is an important piece of journalism that gives rare insight into Joburg's rotten underbelly and the criminals, cops and citizens who co-exist there." Anton Harber, former Caxton Professor of Journalism and Editor-in-Chief of South African broadcaster ENCA

Journalist Paul Mcally is Founding Director of The Citizen Justice Network, a media initiative the develops journalism in local languages in under-reported areas. He also produces articles and documentaries for Wits Journalism on criminal justice, health and science. He is a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Mollett (T.) & (C.) BLOODY LIES, citizens reopen the Inge Lotz murder case
213pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback , Johannesburg, 2014. R240
In 2007 Fred van der Vyver was acquitted of the 2005 murder of his girlfriend Inge Lotz. Thomas and Calvin Mollett examine the evidence and arguments presented in the Inge Lotz murder trial and argue that all the key elements of the prosecuting evidence withstand scrutiny.
Mollett (T.) & (C.) OSCAR VS THE TRUTH,
208pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., paperback , Cape Town, 2016. R290
Thomas and Calvin Mollet closely examine the crime scene and evidence presented in the Oscar Pistorius trial in an attempt to uncover what happened on the night he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.

Please note that this book contains graphic images that some readers might find disturbing.
Newling (D.) BITTER DAWN, a search for the truth about the murder of Anni Dewani
278 pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R220
British freelance journalist Dan Newling investigates the murder of Anni Dewani in a township hijacking in November 2010. He also examines the police investigation, and South Africa's criminal justice system in general. Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, is charged with arranging the murder.

Dan Newling moved to South Africa in 2010. He lives in Cape Town.
Newman (S.), Piegl (P.) & Maughan (K.) LOLLY JACKSON, when fantasy becomes reality
257 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R195
Emmanuel "Lolly" Jackson, founder of Teazers, an adult entertainment and revue bar, was murdered in May 2000. In this book the authors reveal a story of fast cars, money laundering, tax dodges, and mafia-style killings.

Sean Newman worked for Lolly Jackson as his media, marketing and public relations manager.
Karyn Maughan is a legal reporter who currently works for eNews.
Peter Piegl was the editor of Playboy South Africa.
Pauw (J.) LITTLE ICE CREAM BOY, a novel
387 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. OUT OF PRINT
Award-winning journalist and television producer Jacques Pauw is the author of "In the Heart of the Whore: the story of apartheid's death squads", "Into the Heart of Darkness: confessions of apartheid's assassins" and "Dances with Devils, a journalist's search for truth". This is his first novel.
Piegl (P.) & Newman (S.) GLENN AGLIOTTI, a biography
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
A biography of Glenn Agliotti, convicted drug-dealer and close personal friend of disgraced former South African Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. In 2006 Agliotti was arrested in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble. He was acquitted in 2010 when the court ruled that the state had not made a prima facie case against him.

"...the book...is appalling, an egregious act of publishing...It is not just that it is a badly researched, written and constructed book riddled with factual errors - there are lots of books like that, which I ignore. What I wonder about is the ethics of attempting to profit through a second-rate white wash of a known despicable scoundrel...Don't buy the Agliotti book. Your money is better spent on the Lotto, where at least someone might benefit." Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University, in Business Day, August 2013.

Peter Piegl is a former editor of Playboy magazine and a contributing writer for Forbes magazine.
Sean Newman worked as marketing manager and spokesperson for controversial Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson, murdered in 2010.
Pinnock (D.) GANG TOWN,
312pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R225
Investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock's portrait of gangs in Cape Town.

"You will not find a more insightful and unsettling book on gangs. Through unforgettable imagery, first-hand stories and a lifetime of research on troubled youth in this afflicted city, it helps us to understand not only how gangs came to be and are sustained, but how they destroy young lives and whole families can be overcome. Gang Town might well become the most important resource for generations of social scientists seeking to understand how one of the world's most beautiful cities could come to be so disfigured by gansterism." Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Free State

"This is not only an absorbing history of Cape Town but an insight into the city the like of which I'd not come across before...fascinating and deeply troubling but at least offers a way out of what looks like an intractable problem." Mike Nicol, novelist

"This book contains cogent, yet accessible arguments about the evolution of gangs on the Cape Flats. It explores both the criminogenic impact of gang activity as well as its historical roots. In doing so, it offers an integrated strategic solution to the problem." Maj-Gen Jeremy Vearey, SAPS head of anti-gang strategy in the Western Cape

Don Pinnock is an honorary research associate of the Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town, a founding member of the Usiko Trust working with high-risk youths and a trustee of the Chrysalis Academy. He is also the author of "Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage" (1997) and "The Brotherhoods: street gangs and state control on Cape Town" (1984). He lives in Cape Town.

Potgieter (D.) GRUESOME, the crimes and criminals that shook South Africa
218pp., b/w & colour paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
Journalist De Wet Potgieter revisits a number of murder cases, including the Boipatong and Strijdom Square massacres and the atrocities carried out by C10, the South African police counter-insurgency unit, better known as the Vlakplaas unit.
Retief (H.) BYLEVELD, dossier of a serial sleuth
270 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R220
Translated from the Afrikaans by Elsa Silke.

Journalist Hanlie Retief discusses a number of the murders, especially the serial killings, detective Piet Byleveld solved during his career with the South African Police.
Rose (R.) THE GRAND SCAM, how Barry Tannenbaum conned South Africa's business elite
333 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R230
From 2005 to 2009 South African businessman Barry Tannebaum offered investors returns of more than 200 per cent a year investing in the components used to make AIDS drugs. In 2010, when the Ponzi scheme collapsed, South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that hundreds of investors in South Africa, Australia and Europe had been swindled out of more than R12.5 billion. Barry Tannenbaum now lives in Runaway Bay in Queensland, Australia, working for an Australian insurance company. To date, no extradition request has been lodged.

Rob Rose is an investigative journalist and business editor at the Sunday Times. In 2011, he was awarded the Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University.
Salzwedel (I.) VAN SPOKIE TOT TRAGEDIE IN DIE KOLLIG,
165 pp., paperback, Penguin, 2014. R195
An analysis of Reeva Steenkamp's death and the Oscar Pistorius trial by journalist Ilse Salzwedel.

Text in Afrikaans.
Samara (T.R.) CAPE TOWN AFTER APARTHEID, crime and governance in the divided city
238 pp., map, illus., paperback, Minneapolis, 2011. R350
Tony Roshan Samara discusses how liberal democracy and free-market economics reproduce the inequalities of apartheid in Cape Town, and how "security and governance technologies from the global North combine with local forms to create new approaches to social control in cities across the global South." from the back cover

"'Cape Town after Apartheid' is a major contribution to the field of urban studies and criminal justice. It provides a framework for understanding gangs, violence, and neoliberal crime policies, emphasizing how security policies are rooted both in neoliberalism and apartheid-era policy and how they serve to strengthen gangs and fail to stem violence." John Hagedorn, author of "A World of Gangs"

"Samara's book mastefully connects the dots between local segregation in South Africa and what he calls the 'transnational network of neoliberal urban governance'. Samara's brilliant treatment of crime, 'terrorism', and gang violence also reminds us of the profound social degradation that the next struggle for genuine emancipation must confront." Patrick Bond, Centre for Civil Society, University of KawZulu-Natal

Tony Roshan Samara is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University.
Sergeant (B.) THE ASSAULT ON THE RAND, Kevin Wakeford and the battle to save a currency
291 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R230
Barry Sergeant relates the events surrounding the collapse of the S.A.Rand in 2001, including Kevin Wakeford's accusations of corporate greed and manipulation of the currency markets, and the Rand Commission set up by Thabo Mbeki.

Advocate, journalist and investment banker Barry Sergeant is also the author of "Brett Kebble, the inside story".
Sergeant (B.) THE KEBBLE COLLUSION, 10 fateful days in a R26 billion fraud
469 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R240
Barry Sergeant, author of "Brett Kebble, the inside story" (2006), tells the story of the corrupt world in which mining tycoon Brett Kebble operated, and claims the corporates, financial institutions, bankers and lawyers who benefited from his corrupt business deals were involved in a cover-up after Kebble's death in 2005.
Serrao (A.) KREJCIR, business as usual
292pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
Investigative journalist Angelique Serrao tracks the notorious career of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. Krejcir entered South Africa under a false name, bribed his way out of extradition, and became involved in South Africa's criminal underworld. In 2012 a Czech court sentenced him in absentia to eight years imprisonment for fraud. In 2013 he was arrested and charged with kidnapping, drug dealing, and attempted murder in South Africa. In 2016 he was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but still faces murder and conspiracy charges.

Angelique Serrao is also the author of "The E-Toll Saga: a journey from CEO to civil activist", co-authored with Wayne Duvenhage,
Smythe (D.) RAPE UNRESOLVED, policing sexual offences in South Africa
316pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R325
Dee Smythe investigates the criminal justice response to rape in South Africa and uncovers "the fault line between the state's rhetorical commitment to addressing sexual violence through legal guarantees and the actual application of these laws" from the back cover

Dee Smythe is the Director of the Centre for Law and Society and Professor of Public Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. She co-edited "In Search of Equality: women, law and society in Africa", "Marriage, Land & Custom", "Sexual Offences Commentary" and "Should We Consent? Rape law reform in South Africa".
Steenkamp (J.) & Edworthy (S.) REEVA, a mother's story
280 pp., colour illus., paperback, London, 2014. R285
Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, gives her account of her daughter Reeva's life and death, and of the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Steinberg (J.) THE NUMBER, one man's search for identity in the Cape underworld and prison gangs
440 pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2004) 2008. R230
An account of Jonny Steinberg's conversations with Magadien Wentzel, a long-time member of the 28s, South Africa's most notorious prison gang. They met in 2002, when Magadien Wentzel was in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and spent more than fifty hours discussing his life experiences and his desire to make something of his future. Jonny Steinberg also visited places and people from Wentzel's past. Magadien Wentzel was released in June 2003. This is also a history and analysis of the various South African gangs, the 25s, 26s, 27s and 28s.

Award-winning author Jonny Steinberg is also the author of "Midlands", "Thin Blue, the unwritten rules of policing South Africa" and "Three-Letter Plague, a young man's journey through a great epidemic."
Steinberg (J.) THIN BLUE, the unwritten rules of policing South Africa
183 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R120
Jonny Steinberg examines the relationship between ordinary South Africans and the country's new police force.

Two of Jonny Steinberg's previous books, "Midlands" (2002) and "The Number" (2004), were awarded the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for literary non-fiction. He is also the author of "Three-Letter Plague" and "Notes from a Fractured Country".
van der Spuy (C.) BLOOD ON HER HANDS, women behind bars
205pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R190
Freelance journalist Carla van der Spuy visited women's prisons across South Africa and interviewed women serving sentences for murder.
van Onselen (C.) THE SMALL MATTER OF A HORSE, the life of "Nongoloza" Mathebula, 1867-1948
68 pp., paperback, Reprint, Pretoria, (1984) 2008. R110
Foreword by Jonny Steinberg, author of "The Number" (2004), a book on the notorious gangs the 26s, 27s and 28s.

First published in 1984, this is the story of Mzuuzephi Mathebula, also known as Jan Note and later as Nongoloza and the King of Nineveh, who founded the Umkhose Wezintaba or Regiment of the Hills, the forerunner of the notorious "28" gang.

Charles van Onselen is the author of "Chibaro", "New Babylon", "New Nineveh", "The Seed is Mine, the life of Kas Maine, a South African sharecropper 1894-1985", for which he received the Alan Paton Award, and "The Fox and the Flies".
van Staden (P.) KRAKE,
253 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R210
An Afrikaans thriller about a freelance forensics expert investigating a case of financial mismanagement.

Peet van Staden was a journalist for forty years. For twenty-seven years he worked as a senior staffer at SABCTV News. He retired in 2012.
van Zyl (C.) & Hermann (D.) (comps.) LAND OF SORROW, 20 years of farm attacks in South Africa
344pp., paperback, Pretoria, No Date. R200
A list of farmers and farmworkers attacked and murdered on South African farms between 1990 and 2010.

Chris van Zyl was involved in rural safety operations during his time in the South African army and continues to work in this field in his position at TAU SA.
Dirk Hermann is Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity and has initiated various anti-crime campaigns in South Africa.
Wiener (M.) KILLING KEBBLE, an underworld exposed
428 pp., colour illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (2011) 2012. R195
In September 2005 mining magnate Brett Kebble was killed in Johannesburg in an apparent "assisted suicide". The investigation that followed revealed a sinister underworld and exposed the corrupt relationship between South Africa's Chief of Police, Jackie Selebi, and his friend, Glenn Aglioti. Journalist Mandy Wiener has been covering the Brett Kebble story for five years and has had unlimited access to the three hit-men who killed Kebble, to Glenn Aglioti, and to other role players.

"A gritty mining town tale. Stranger than fiction. And totally gripping. Superb!" Peter Harris, author of "Birth" and "In a Different Time"

"A compelling, remarkable portrait that illuminates the dark underbelly of South Africa, revealing the intertwining of business, politics and organsied crime that is one of the greatest threats to out democracy. It demonstrates the extent to which prosecutorial independence and the rule of law have been undermined by our political leaders and the resulting quagmire that is law enforcement in the country. This fascinating, racy book provides a remarkable portrait of the characters at the centre of this tragic story, in the process illuminating the dark underbelly of South Africa that is unknown to most of us" Andrew Feinstein, author of "After the Party"
Wiener (M.) & Bateman (B.) BEHIND THE DOOR, the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp story
568 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A narrative of the media frenzy and sensational trial that followed sporting star Oscar Pistorius' fatal shooting of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

"'Behind the Door' is definitive, engrossing, fascinating, brilliant and utterly unputdownable. Wiener has no equal when it comes to true crime, and Bateman's first-journalist-on-the-crime-scene insight gives it a huge boost." Deon Meyer, author of "Cobra" and other crime novels

Investigative journalist Mandy Wiener is also the author of "Killing Kebble: an underworld exposed" and "My Second Initiation" (co-written with Advocate Vusi Pikoli).
Barry Bateman is the Pretoria Correspondent for Eyewitness News. He was the first journalist on the scene of the shooting and has been covering the case ever since.
Zinn (R,) HOME INVASION, robbers disclose what you should know
188 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R150
Former detective Rudolph Zinn is a professor at the College of Law, School of Criminal Justice and Police Practice, University of South Africa. This book is based on the research he did on house robberies for his PhD in police science. He interviewed convicted thieves serving their sentences and describes in detail the methods they use.