“Sometimes I hear things when I’m doing interviews on live radio that I have to stop and be like WTF.”

July 18, 2020

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is being investigated in connection with claims that she was paid millions of rand in bribes. Get the full details in the #SundayTimesZA tomorrow.

Police Minister Bheki Cele on The Midday Report today about AKA arrests, whether high profile crimes get more attention and if the mastermind will be arrested:

'Targeted assassinations, or contract killings, are big business in South Africa. Political assassinations increased by an alarming 33% from 2021 to 2022. It is a terrifying reality,' writes @MandyWiener in her weekly column.

Well done to the police for making a solid breakthrough in the AKA case. There is a lot at stake and what transpires in the court of law will have a massive impact on how handling of contract killing matters is perceived in the court of public opinion.

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Well done to the police for making a solid breakthrough in the AKA case. But, there is a lot at stake in this matter for the SAPS and the NPA and what transpires in the court of law will have a massive impact on how the handling of contract killing matters is perceived in the court of public opinion.

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Mandy Wiener1 week ago
Loved doing this last night. All the good vibes for you Brent Lindeque. Such a real and authentic conversation.
Mandy Wiener
Mandy Wiener1 week ago
The impeachment of Hlophe and Motata this week is a reminder that judges must act in a manner expected of their office and position. It is a matter on which we cannot afford to compromise.

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Mandy Wiener1 week ago
TRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY

Today is the last day that you can register to vote. We now have an election date – 29 May. The closing of the voters’ roll at midnight and the pronouncement of a date brings into sharp focus our reality.

This election has the potential to fundamentally change the political landscape in South Africa. It is the first time that the governing ANC will likely get below 50% of the vote. Recent polls have the party as low as 40% nationally. It could also lose the key provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.

There are all kinds of ramifications if this happens. What will be critical is how low the ANC falls below 50% as this will determine whether it goes into coalition with smaller kingmaker parties, is forced into a compromise with the EFF or considers a more centrist allegiance with the DA.

Other factors include how Zuma’s MK party does in KZN and whether the DA can grow its support amidst the arrival of new options like Rise Mzansi, BOSA, ActionSA, Xiluva and ChangeSA.

What we know for sure is that in this election, every single vote will count and it’s crucial that we increase the voter turnout. I feel strongly that we can’t be apathetic and that if this country is going to thrive, it requires active citizenship and an invested electorate.

My job every day is to tell people how bad things are. Infrastructure collapse, slow economic growth, a broken electricity grid, massive unemployment, escalating crime, unfettered corruption, dismal service delivery, poor education and healthcare. It is easy to despair and complain.

But we have to try, the beloved country, if we are going to make it a better place.

This is the title of my keynote talk that I’ve been delivering in the run up to the elections this year. What needs to be done in order to ensure that South Africa’s future can be better than it is now?

Better policy choices. Action. Active citizenship. Public private partnerships. Nurturing entrepreneurship. A meritocracy. A professional civil service. A positive attitude. Changing the narrative.

South Africans need to hear that there is a way out and the future can be better than what it is now and we deserve better. That means holding politicians to account.

If you haven’t registered to vote yet, today is your deadline!

(For bookings email mandy@mandywiener.com)
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Mandy Wiener2 weeks ago
The president has finally announced the election date - 29 May.
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Mandy Wiener2 weeks ago
We all need the good things and this is your chance. Brent Lindeque has asked me to interrogate (I mean interview) him on Thursday night and I couldn’t be more excited! Can not wait for the cheesecake. Come share in the good vibes with us. Tickets are still available.

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ABOUT MANDY

Mandy is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors. She is the current host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk and is a regular columnist for News24.

She has published numerous best-selling books and is a prominent social media commentator.

For the past two decades Mandy has worked as a multi award-winning reporter specialising in investigative journalism and legal matters.

Covering stories such as the trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the murder of Brett Kebble, she earned a reputation for her work in exposing South Africa’s criminal underworld. These included exposes on Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and other mysterious murders.

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WRITING

Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011.

Her second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. In 2014, she published ‘Behind The Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story’ with her colleague Barry Bateman.

The book was released internationally and contained new, exclusive information about the trial. Her 2018 book, Ministry of Crime, took a deep dive into organised crime, police corruption and politics. In 2020, Mandy published The Whistleblowers highlighting the stories of several South African whistleblowers and advocating for a change in legislation and culture.

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SPEAKING

Mandy is a regular feature on the speaking circuit. She addresses conferences, corporates and gatherings and also facilitates panels and discussions with a unique perspective on current affairs and how history unfolds in South Africa.

She focuses on ‘Hope Dealers’: the good people who did their jobs, the whistleblowers who felt compelled to speak truth to power, the civil society activists who stepped into the breach and the journalists who dug up the dirt to hold authorities to account.

There are lessons in these stories for corporates and for individuals on what needs to be done to improve governance, to change legislation and to create a speak-up culture in order to root out corruption. Most importantly these stories will inspire the audience not to be apathetic or complacent, but to fight for a better South Africa.

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MEDIA TRAINING

Thanks to her extensive background in media and journalism, Mandy has gained a lifetime of insight into how best to handle interviews and media.

In personalised training sessions, she offers theory and practical training, covering topics such as the SA media landscape, messaging for media, media rights and how to deal with journalists and crisis communications. Sessions also include training on writing for media, including thought leadership and opinion pieces. Click the button below to book Mandy for media training.

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ACCOLADES

Mandy has won a number of National and Regional Vodacom ‘Journalist of the Year’ awards, has been named ‘The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year’ and has received several commendations in the Webber Wentzel ‘Legal Journalist of the Year’ awards.

In addition, she has received the National Press Club award in the Radio Category and the Social Media category and was awarded the ‘Rising Star – Women in the Media’ award in 2011.

On the writing front, Mandy was short-listed in the prestigious ‘Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Awards’ for her book, ‘Killing Kebble’ which was a local publishing phenomenon, selling in excess of 100 000 copies. It was also chosen as Jenny Crwys-Williams’ ‘Book of the Year’ in 2011. Mandy’s second book, ‘My Second Initiation’, written with former head of the NPA Vusi Pikoli, was also short-listed for the Alan Paton award and was Crwys-William’s non-fiction book of the year in 2013. Ministry of Crime was long-listed for the Alan Paton.

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Killing Kebble

A gritty, fast-paced chronicle of how one death blew the lid off Johannesburg’s shadowy underworld.

The Whistleblowers

Raw and evocative accounts of South Africa’s whistleblowers, told in their own voices and from their own perspectives.

My Second Initiation

This memoir traces Pikoli’s journey from his graduation to manhood, to his experience in the corridors of government.

Behind The Door

Behind the Door is a compelling narrative that unpacks the true facts of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp story.

Ministry of Crime

Ministry of Crime examines the nexus between organised crime figures, corrupt police officials and powerful politicians.