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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Review: Apartheid killings and awkward questions (M&G)

Shaun de Waal reviewed Incorruptible for the Mail and Guardian. Read it here: Apartheid killings and awkward questions  Groenink may have finally published the book she was unable to bring out in South Africa in 2002, overwhelmed as she and the publishers were by legal threats. In that sense there is

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Review: Struggle greats died for honour (Cape Times)

The Cape Times covered the Cape Town launch of Incorruptible. Read it here: Struggle greats died for honour The launch of the book Incorruptible – The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani, by Dutch investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink, gives hope to many who still wait for

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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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Incorruptible Joburg Launch

Evelyn Groenink’s explosive revelations in her book “Incorruptible: the story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani” indicate that these political assassinations were motivated, rather than by racial ideology, by opaque military and financial dealings between former colonial powers and a South Africa in transition in the late eighties and early nineties. The book

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Incorruptible Press Release

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

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