Southern African Muckraking

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The book highlights the long record of accountability journalism in countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and the recent surge of such work in others such as Botswana and Malawi. It breaks new ground in stretching the history of this type of journalism decades further back than previously recorded, including largely ignored work such as John Dube’s coverage of the Zulu Bambatha Rebellion and Richard Msimang’s documentation of the impact of land confiscation in the early 20th century.
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Southern African Muckraking: 150 years of investigative journalism which has shaped the region celebrates the rich, varied and untold history of investigative journalism in southern Africa and the crucial role it has played in shaping the region over the last 150 years. It tells of the escapades of those who exposed atrocities of the British colonial rulers, the seizure of land from black owners, apartheid death squads, prison conditions, farm labour, government and corporate corruption, environmental travesty and health issues. Young journalists who have previously studied the likes of the Watergate scandal will have access to African journalists who faced huge risks to expose the abuse of power, ranging from the undercover exploits of the legendary ‘Mr Drum’, through to the recent #Guptaleaks exposé, of which it was said, ‘Seldom have journalists played such a crucial role in bringing a country back from the brink.’

The book highlights the long record of accountability journalism in countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and the recent surge of such work in others such as Botswana and Malawi. It breaks new ground in stretching the history of this type of journalism decades further back than previously recorded, including largely ignored work such as John Dube’s coverage of the Zulu Bambatha Rebellion and Richard Msimang’s documentation of the impact of land confiscation in the early 20th century. The book includes an introduction by Anton Harber, editor and professor, and each case study is written up by an expert in the area.

Contributor, Country, Period, Story

Hlonipha Mokoena, South Africa, 1877, ‘Fuze – Myths on Zulu King killing’

Peter Limb, South Africa, 1887, ‘Conditions in Herschel’

Kevin Davie, South Africa, 1900, ‘Delagoa Bay rail scandal’

Irwin Manoim, South Africa, 1902, ‘Treaty of Vereeniging leak’

Robert Edgar, South Africa, 1905, ‘AK Soga’

Ben Carton, South Africa, 1906, ‘Dube on Bambatha’

Peter Limb, South Africa, 1913, ‘Women’s protest’

Tembeke Ngcukaitobi, South Africa, 1913, ‘Richard Msimang – Land Act’

Anton Harber, South Africa, 1958, ‘Henry Nxumalo’

Peter Delius, South Africa, 1959, ‘Sekhukhune Rebellion’

Raymond Joseph, South Africa, 1960, ‘Broederbond’

Benjamin Pogrund, South Africa, 1960, ‘Starvation’

Benjamin Pogrund, South Africa, 1960, ‘Prison conditions’

Indra de Lanerole, South Africa, 1961, ‘Helen Joseph on banished people’

Jo Ann Bekker, South Africa, 1964, ‘Allister Sparks on Eastern Cape Trials’

Raymond Joseph, South Africa, 1970, ‘Info Scandal’

Andrew Meldrum, Zimbabwe, 1980, ‘Matabeleland Killings’

Paul Fauvet, Mozambique, 1983, ‘Matola raid’

Paul Fauvet, Mozambique, 1986, ‘Samora Machel death’

Reg Rumney, South Africa, 1990, ‘Sharemax’

Tim du Plessis, South Africa, 1990, ‘Vlakplaas’

Phillipa Garson, South Africa, 1990, ‘Third Force/Inkathagate’

Erika Rodriguez, Mozambique, 1999, ‘Carlos Cardoso’

Tanya Pampalone, South Africa, 2000, ‘Rian Malan’s The Lion Sleeps Tonight’

George Lugulambi, Tanzania, 2000, ‘Albinism’

Mbongeni Mbingo, Swaziland, 2002, ‘King Mswati’

John Aernie-Flessner, Lesotho, 2006, ‘Water abuse’

Harry Dugmore, South Africa, 2007, ‘Mount Frere Hospital’

Nic Dawes, South Africa, 2009, ‘Nkandla’

Ron Nixon, South Africa, 2010, ‘Killing for Profits’

Mbongeni Mbingo, Swaziland, 2014, ‘Arrest of Chief Justice Makhubu’

Justin Pearce, Angola, 2015, ‘Rafael Marquez’

Tim du Plessis, South Africa, 2017, ‘Esidimeni’

Joel Konopo, Botswana, 2017, ‘State abuse of asylum seekers’

Anton Harber, South Africa, 2017, ‘Gupta Leaks’

Mike Antanda, Lesotho, 2017, ‘Prime Minister’s dodgy deals’

 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2782-6

GENRE Current Affairs/Political History

FORMAT Trade paperback

SIZE 235x155mm

EXTENT 400pp

PRICE R280

RIGHTS World Rights

RELEASE October 2018