The Unlikely Mr

A life with Ivan Pillay

It’s just Ivan Pillay’s luck to be married to investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink, bestselling author of Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. She tells the story of their lives apart and then together. From Evelyn’s time in the Dutch anti-apartheid movement to her move to Lusaka in 1990, and from the politicisation of a young Ivan Pillay in Merebank, KZN, who joins the ANC and goes into exile, to the crossing of their paths in Zambia and their falling in love.

Pillay was, during the Zuma years, a leader of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) when a smear campaign was conducted against him. The smear was that Pillay set up a ‘rogue unit’ of investigators at the tax agency. He speaks here for the first time, of the days of exile and working with Oliver Tambo; of Operation Vula; the return home; and most tellingly of his time at SARS and the insidious campaign against him and others in the top layers of what once was a world-class tax institution.

The story pulls back the curtains on a party and state which once held the moral high ground, but was debased. As broadcaster and author Redi Tlhabi says: ‘Weaving history and contemporary politics, from Natal to Russia, Lusaka to Amsterdam, this is the story of anti-apartheid stalwart Ivan – is that even his name? – Pillay. For the Unlikely Mr Rogue, who will defy friend and foe in the fight for principle and ethics, his vindication is simply the correct outcome.’

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Mr Rogue in the news

How did you meet?

11 May 2018. Never mind the previous post. Doing his biography is still problematic.  He doesn’t want this or that in it, why am I not interested in so- and -so, why don’t I do a bit more research into what Mozambique was like in 1974, because that is important

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Writing as a wife

29 April 2018 Can one write a biography about one’s significant other?  The journalistic answer would be no, since one is obviously too biased and personally involved. On the other hand many, including myself, would love to read what the spouse of someone who happens to be in the public

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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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Interview: Keeping the Dream Alive (Daily Maverick)

Marianne Thamm interviewed Evelyn Groenink for the Daily Maverick. Read it here: Keeping the Dream Alive: Evelyn Groenink on the unfinished business of South African democracy Dulcie September was a schoolteacher. She didn’t approve of those who didn’t finish their homework. In many ways, activist and investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink’s detailed

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Interview: Killed for not betraying principles (Cape Times)

Evelyn Groenink was interviewed by the Cape Times about Incorruptible. Read it here: Killed for not betraying principles We are not just talking about political stalwarts who fought the political battle; they did that too. But that’s not why they were killed. They were killed because they were good people

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