The Unlikely
Mr Rogue

A life with Ivan Pillay.

The story of Ivan Pillay, who went from an enemy of the apartheid state to enemy of the State Capture brigade under Jacob Zuma, is told by his partner, Evelyn Groenink, whom he met in October 1990, in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Gutsy. The punches come straight from the shoulder, leaving a lot of blood on the floor.​
Mac Maharaj
Pillay’s roller coaster journey from the trenches in exile to heading SARS to becoming Mr Rogue…captivating, unmissable and a prescribed read.
Jacques Pauw
Sympathetic, frank, with a keen eye and sharp pen, Comrade Groenink has no truck with privilege or pretence. She plainly holds not only her co-protagonist in her affection but also his country. Her common sense, wry humour and occasional flashes of irony enable her to give her reader a close-up view of a remarkable man doing remarkable things, this against an even more remarkable backdrop. A fascinating read.
Justice Johann Kriegler
When former MK commander Ivan Pillay, then a senior leader at the South African Revenue Service, refused to compromise his ethics, a tale of a ‘Rogue Unit’ at the tax agency was made up to punish him and others who demanded accountability.


Ivan Pillay risked losing every human being’s most treasured position: his reputation. However, it wasn’t his reputation and integrity that should have been on trial, but the limitless greed, toxic power and unbridled corruption of erstwhile comrades.

What are the scars that lie untreated in the souls of those who gave so much? Is the betrayal of the promise of democracy, by the same comrades one fought alongside in the war against apartheid, harder to bear? This book is a brilliant, gentle attempt to answer these complex, vexing questions. It proves that the past is never quite behind us.

Redi Tlhabi
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Incorruptible

The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

It is often thought that Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani were assassinated by apartheid forces simply because they were freedom fighters. But ‘Incorruptible,’ a nail-bitingly thrilling reflection of Evelyn Groenink’s painstaking research over the past 30 years, shows the truth is different. All three tried to keep their organisations, the ANC and SWAPO, free from wrongdoing. They stood against mafias who had invaded their movement’s inner circles. They were not only brave anti-apartheid fighters: they were incorruptible.

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