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24 May 2019 | Story Eloise Calitz | Photo Charl Devenish
Gangster book Discussion
From left: Jacques van Wyk from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Cathy Dlodlo, news editor from OFM; Pieter Roux from the UFS Business School; Alta Vermeulen from the UFS Department of Political Studies and Governance and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author

A packed Odeion Auditorium at the University of the Free State was welcomed by Professor Helena van Zyl, Head of the UFS Business School. The reason being, a panel discussion with award-winning investigative reporter and author, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, on his much-publicised book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture. The programme took the form of a panel discussion. The panellists included Pieter-Louis Myburgh, author; Jacques van Wyk from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); Cathy Dlodlo, news editor from OFM; Alta Vermeulen from the UFS Department of Political Studies and Governance; and Pieter Roux from the UFS Business School.

In his introduction, Myburgh said he was happy that he was able to come to Bloemfontein and have the discussion, since South Africans should cherish freedom of speech and a free press.

The research for the book took 13 months to conclude, and during this time he spent a lot of time in the Free State and Bloemfontein. He mentioned that the book gave him the opportunity to present a condensed account of what he discovered; he could therefore share more, as opposed to just reporting on a story in the newspaper. For him, investigative reporting should always be fact based and open to scrutiny.

Some of the topics raised by the panel was concern about the perception that investigative journalists are focusing more on corruption in the public sector and less on the private sector. This was, however, discarded as a myth, as Myburgh pointed out that he exposed both private and public sector dealings in order to provide the full scope of involved parties.

Focusing on whistle blowers, the panel challenged the verification of whistle-blower information. Myburgh responded that journalists never use only one whistle-blower’s evidence, since that is merely the start of the investigation. Further investigation was necessary, and facts had to be verified. With that said, there is still a lot to be done with regard to the protection of whistle-blowers, he concluded.

The floor was opened to the audience, which provided the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns about what was mentioned during the panel discussion. The audience eagerly participated in the discussion. In conclusion, Myburgh reiterated that society plays a vital role in keeping those in power to the promises they make.

After the discussion, the audience had the opportunity to have their books signed by the author.

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Rag Queen and Mr Rag crowned at Kovsies
2015-02-18

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The Rag Coronation Ball proved yet again to be the most glamorous night of the year on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) when the new Rag Queen and Mr Rag were announced on Friday 13 February 2015.

Carla de Bruyn and Wilmar van Niekerk, both second-year students at Kovsies, were crowned as Rag Queen and Mr Rag for 2015. De Bruyn was also named as the most photogenic female finalist.

With entertainment by V-Chord and Gerry Liberty, among other artists, as well as OFM’s Success Lekabe as the master of ceremonies, the evening kept all guests truly entertained and interested. Furthermore, the current Mrs South Africa, Sarah-Kate Scott, also graced the evening with her presence.

Overall Results

Mr Rag and Rag Queen 2015:
Wilmar van Niekerk and Carla de Bruyn

1st Prince and Princess:
Thomas Kolathu and Mia van Ransburg

2nd Prince and Princess:
Kabelo Mashabe and Chante Marais

Mr and Miss Personality:
Danzel Rademan and Chante Marais

Mr and Miss Photogenic:
Ludwig Döhne and Carla de Bruyn

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