Heist: South African Epidemic

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Title: Heist

Writer: Anneliese Burgess

Writer: Penguin Books

Throughout a Political Science class debate that I used to be a part of some years in the past about whether or not or not journalists ought to be conveyor belt for politicians, a pupil mentioned: “Journalists should all the time open a can of worms and by no means agree for use for political ends.” One other replied: “Why ought to journalists all the time open a can of worms when there’s can of Coke.” Laughter ensued. (Witness/Echo, 2002, article: in Defence of Journalists).

I’m quoting myself right here to underscore some extent concerning the centrality of excellent journalism in a democracy. Journalists aren’t do-gooders however work for the general public good. Good journalism by its nature should make us uncomfortable. It should power us to query the sincerity of these charged with public energy and sources. It should because it had been open a can of worms or for those who like expose the stomach of the beast. And, this expensive reader is what Anneliese Burgess does in her lengthy kind journalism (guide) aptly titled Heist. She goes into the center of the beast – laying naked the indifference and incompetence of the SA authorities (NPA, SAPS and Banks). She speaks to the heistus (specialists in cash-in-transit heists), the police, prosecutors, researchers, runners and kingpins. She offers us a full bodied image of the feel of the epidemic of the cash-in-transit heists.

The guide affirms that not all journalists have agendas which can be inimical to the beliefs of the founding ethos of the craft of journalism. The guide does offend delicate readers but it affirms our frequent humanity, i.e. our skill to point out empathy for the opposite. The image she paints along with her phrases is chilling and nerve-racking to say the least but she provides hope that if we do sure issues proper, we are able to arrest the epidemic. This guide is an epic success in all respects (high quality analysis, knowledgeable interviews, glorious writing and storytelling).

Anneliese Burgess has carried out for crime reporting and justice what Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers) did for investigative journalism, political reporting and state seize victims.

Studying by the guide, you possibly can instantly see the fruits of excellent publishing firm that has come to be related to the Penguin Books. The guide is fantastically put collectively (when it comes to the structuring of chapters), excellently copy edited, good sort setting, and excessive proofreading. It went by the fingers of her friends within the investigative journalism subject and landed comfortably within the lap of the writer extraordinaire, Marlene Fryer.

Lastly, irrespective of your political opinions, simply keep in mind, it is smelly within the corridors of energy, therefore the necessity for good journalists to consistently battle to open the lid, and let the worms out. I’m now going to open my can of Coke and have fun this triumph in journalism.

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