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Presenting De Wet Potgieter’s Gruesome: The Crimes and Criminals that Shook South Africa

GruesomeGrusaamZebra Press presents Gruesome: The crimes and criminals that shook South Africa by De Wet Potgieter:

In this book, investigative journalist De Wet Potgieter follows the trail of a number of criminals in South Africa’s history. These violent crimes, perpetrated from the late 1980s into the new millennium, vary from fanatical far-rightists who killed their innocent countrymen, to assassins who executed high-profile, state-sanctioned murders. He takes the reader behind the scenes of some of the most controversial events in our country and, with his fearless style of writing, pulls you right into the belly of the beast.

In Gruesome, he shares information that has never before been made public. What really happened on the night of 17 June, 1992 in Boipatong? What motivated the horrific attack on Alison Botha? What caused the ostensibly conformist policeman André Stander to become an unscrupulous bank robber? Who was the first person to see the connection between Gert van Rooyen’s victims and a probable human-trafficking network?

Potgieter relates how, as a journalist, he went about reporting on each of these cases. This book takes you back to the bloody newspaper headlines of yesterday.

Also available in Afrikaans as Grusaam: Die dade en geweldenaars wat Suid-Afrika geruk het.

About the author

De Wet Potgieter’s productive and sometimes controversial career as a journalist started in 1975, shortly before the Soweto riots and South Africa’s invasion of Angola. Initially he worked as a military correspondent and crime reporter for several newspapers. In 1988 he was appointed as an investigative journalist by the Sunday Times. He worked there for seven years before moving to Rapport, where he delivered front-page stories for 11 years. A number of sensational books have appeared from his pen in which facts stranger than fiction have been revealed. Among them are Contraband: South Africa and the International Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn, Total Onslaught: Apartheid’s Dirty Tricks Revealed, Kwart voor ’n bloedbad and Black Widow White Widow. In the latter he lifted the veil on Al-Qaeda’s activities in South Africa. He also regularly conducts extensive investigations into international criminal syndicates. Potgieter lives in Centurion and, after more than 40 years, is still writing full steam.

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Dave de Burgh</a>
    Dave de Burgh
    October 13th, 2015 @10:02 #

    Just want to let you all know that Exclusive Books Kolonnade will be launching this title on the 22nd of October; Jacques Steenkamp will be in conversation with De Wet Potgieter and the event will will be starting at 18h30.

    Those interested can give us a call (012 548 6590) or an email ( to RSVP.


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