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Mandy Wiener is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors.
She worked as a multi award-winning reporter with Eyewitness News from 2004 until 2014, filing reports for Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Kfm radio stations. Mandy specialises in investigative reporting and legal matters, having extensively covered both the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the Brett Kebble murder trial. She has also earned a reputation for her work exposing South Africa’s ‘Underworld’ reporting extensively on Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir, Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and other mysterious murders.
She has won a number of National and Regional Vodacom ‘Journalist of the Year’ awards, has been ‘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. In addition, Wiener is the series editor of ‘The Youngsters’ which features several young South African voices.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.
With 130 000 followers on Twitter, Mandy has also broken new ground for live tweeting court cases and stories on the social media platform. She is considered to be amongst the country’s premier Twitterati.
With a BA degree from Rand Afrikaans University (now UJ), Mandy launched her career at RAU Radio before interning at the 702 traffic desk and screening listeners’ calls in the wee small hours. She then became a news reporter at Eyewitness News and did not look back. She is a freelance journalist and mother to one-year-old Sam.
Ministry Of Crime – An Underworld Explored
In this new talk, bestselling author and journalist Mandy Wiener examines the nexus between organised crime figures, corrupt police officers and powerful politicians. She traces an underworld trajectory from Kebble to Krejcir to Modack and takes you behind the scenes of her book Ministry of Crime. The talk features new revelations about high-profile, unsolved hits and about relationships between known criminals and police officers at all levels. She delves into the current power struggle between opposing factions in Cape Town’s security industry and the suspected involvement of state operatives in the bloody standoff.
Wiener has obtained unique access and on-the-record interviews with key underworld characters and police generals accused of being complicit with criminals. These help her to track the parallel narrative of the capture of law enforcement agencies and unravel how players with inexplicable political backing were able to pillage secret slush funds and abuse organs of state for their own personal benefit. The proximity of politics, law enforcement and organised crime over the past decade is frighteningly close. The story of the rise and reign of the Ministry of Crime winds its way from the depths of the underworld, via multiple mysterious unsolved murders, to the very top ranks of the country’s police force. Wiener also speaks passionately about the strength of civil society and what South Africans can do to keep the system in check and not despair.
Mandy Wiener has been reporting on the criminal justice system and the underworld in South Africa for over a decade. She has won numerous awards for her journalism and is an experienced speaker on the local circuit having addressed corporates, conferences and gatherings.