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Nothing Left to Steal

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This tell-all memoir reveals the details behind Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika’s exposure of the R1.7 billion lease scandal between police commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu, for which he was infamously arrested in 2010.

It is also the riveting account of how a neglected boy in an unknown village became one of South Africa’s most awarded
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Published August 2014 by Penguin
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Trevor Moody Anyone thinking of reading this book should first check out https://www.noseweek.co.za/article/27... from six years ago, pointing out the fact that…moreAnyone thinking of reading this book should first check out https://www.noseweek.co.za/article/27... from six years ago, pointing out the fact that Mzilikazi and his colleagues were taken in by corrupt gangsters who wanted to stop good cops bringing them to justice. The so-called "investigating" journalists were interested in the scoop and not in the truth. And these journalists got an international award for their journalistic "expertise" on this appalling reportage, which has been proven to be grossly defective! Do you think he'll give back the award?(less)
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Trevor Moody
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Anyone thinking of reading this book should first check out https://www.noseweek.co.za/article/27... from six years ago, pointing out the fact that Mzilikazi wa Afrika and his colleagues were taken in by corrupt gangsters who wanted to stop good cops bringing them to justice. These so-called "investigating" journalists were interested in the scoop and not in the truth. And these journalists got an international award for their journalistic "expertise" on this appalling reportage, which has been ...more
Gustav Moller
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
In the case of books that purport to be the product of journalistic investigation, I need to be comfortable that a particular author is capable of telling the truth and has a history of truthful journalistic reporting. If ever there were a couple of authors who need to apologise for what they have written, withdraw what they have stated, and hand back the awards they received (for journalism based on "evidence" found subsequently to be falsehoods and deliberate misinformation), then this is one ...more
Ray Hartley
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've had an early look at this book, which is due for release in August 2014. Full disclosure: Mzilikazi was on my investigations team when I was editing the Sunday Times. It is the story of the making of one of South Africa's top investigative journalists and provides riveting and, at times, disquieting, view of what it takes to break the big stories in a country struggling to establish itself as an open democracy. It is an environment where journalists face aggression and threats from the corr ...more
Raine Gregson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
In the subtitle of one of the editions to this book we read that the author was "jailed for telling the truth". Well, he and his colleagues have certainly been exposed for not telling the truth: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne... Read this book with care - the truth s not the prerogative of journalists looking for the scoop.
Helen Filster
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read with interest the following quote:

"TBWA Hunt Lascaris says it returned the Loerie award it won for the campaign, after an internal investigation confirmed questions about the accuracy of the quotes." [ https://www.businessinsider.co.za/sev... ]
Is it likely, one wonders, whether Stephan Hofstatter, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, and Rob Rose will emulate this act of honest conscience and return the "Global Shining Light Award" which they won for their work falsely described as having "exposed how a
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Salomé Kotzé
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shocking, revealing and unfortunately just another day in SA. Enjoyed the book and will recommend it to any reader interested in politics and journalism
Dide Mnguni
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I must say, i love how he tells the story, you feel like you a part of it, walking and hiding with him in the wilderness!
Blake Tomlinson
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's difficult to read this without asking many questions about the reliability of this author with regard to facts and real information. He and his fellow journalists have come in for justified criticism for their spurious work: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne... and there is also admission of their failings by at least one of them: https://omny.fm/shows/mid-morning-sho...






Ntombezinhle Nzama
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the last sentence of this book, my first thought was "WHAT A LIFE"!!! A person with so much passion for his craft; definitely what we should all aspire to! This book is well written and the play on words is amazing; a telling trait of being a journalist... WHAT A LIFE!
Tony Maxwell
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sad reflection on the endemic corruption widespread in the upper ranks of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party. Despite the valiant efforts of investigative journalists such as Mzilikazi wa Africa, such transgressions are largely ignored and, even where cases are finally dragged kicking and screaming before the courts, they are usually dealt with by reassigning the perpetrator to another position where the theft of monies and property continues.
A disturbing reflection on the S
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Lulu  Opio
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. – Albert Einstein
Pale
Jul 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I probably had high expectations due to media hype. I found the self-praising and pitying a bit too much.
Yolanda
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's an ok book, not what I expected though
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A nice book
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its very inspirational and is a good read
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