336pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020
Anton Harber on the highs and lows of journalism in South Africa during the presidency of Jacob Zuma. He discusses how the Sunday Times was duped into doing the work of corrupt politicians, as well as how good investigative reporting led to the exposure of the Gupta's influence over the ANC.
"The most important book about the fourth estate since apartheid...Harber cuts with a surgeon's precision to expose the media's complicity in state capture." Jacques Pauw, author of The President's Keepers
"Only Anton Harber, a pioneer of independent journalism in South Africa and one of the keenest observers of the media around, could have written the thriller that is this book." Jacob Dlamini, author of The Terrorist Album
Anton Harber is Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand and a columnist for Business Day. He is the author of Diepsloot and co-editor of What is Left Unsaid: reporting the South African HIV epidemic and Troublemakers: the best of South Africa's investigative journalism.