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Mzilikazi wa Afrika is a multi-award winning journalist working for the Sunday Times investigations unit in Johannesburg. He is also the chairperson of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), an investigative journalism organisation with members from 36 different African countries. He also sits on the board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Mzilikazi is one of the doyens of South African investigative journalism with a career dating back to 1995 when he started as a freelance reporter for the Witbank News in Mpumalanga. Mzilikazi made international headlines when he was arrested at work in August 2010 just three days after the Sunday Times exposed the national police commissioner in a R1.7-billion lease scandal. He was the co-author of the story. Mzilikazi successfully sued the Minister of Police for wrongful arrest and in the settlement letter the Minister admitted that his arrest was “wrongful and illegal.” The Bushbuckridge-born scribe was awarded two international scholarships to study in the UK and USA in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of journalism. His memoir, entitled Nothing Left to Steal, was published on 4 August, 2014, which marked the fourth year anniversary of his controversial arrest. Mzilikazi is currently working on his first novel, titled The Ugly Ones Are So Beautiful.
Nothing Left to Steal, 2014, Penguin Books