Professor Anton Harber, convener of the judging panel, says, "Every now and then, there comes along a piece of work that is so impactful and convincing that it comes to define the way the public sees someone; and that is the case with Pieter-Louis Myburgh's deeply-researched book and its subject, senior politician Ace Magashule."

Marlene Fryer, non-fiction publisher at PRH, says that she is 'thrilled' that Myburgh has received recognition for his book. "He is one of the country's most thorough and courageous investigative journalists, and this prestigious award is a fitting acknowledgement of his work," says Fryer.

"PRH has a long tradition of publishing investigative journalism and we look forward to publishing more books of this kind in future," Fryer concludes.

According to Myburgh, the book was the venture into Magashule's 'murky' dealings — from his time as a struggle activist in the 1980s to his powerful rule as premier of the Free State province for nearly a decade, as well as his rise to one of the ANC's most influential positions.

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