SPEAKER: Pieter-Louis Myburgh
TOPIC: Gangster State and The Republic of Gupta
DATE: Friday, 6 December 2019
TIME: 08:00 for 08:15 till 10:00
PIETER-LOUIS MYBURGH is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of two best-selling books, The Republic of Gupta – A Story of State Capture (2017) and Gangster State – Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web Of Capture (2019). Myburgh’s work on corrupt government deals has placed him among South Africa’s top investigative journalists and has earned him the country’s most prestigious journalism accolades, including the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism.
He is also a regular guest on current affairs and news shows on some of South Africa’s major radio and television stations. After obtaining a honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University in 2009, Myburgh kicked off his career as a journalist at Beeld newspaper in Johannesburg before later joining Afrikaans weekly Rapport, where in 2015 he exposed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) infamous multi-billion rand tall trains scandal. Myburgh has also worked at News24, where he formed part of the #GuptaLeaks team that helped expose South Africa’s most notorious state captors.
Myburgh joined The Daily Maverick’s investigations team, Scorpio, in early 2019. His latest book, Gangster State, delves into the state capture networks established by former Free State Premier and current ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.