Author Mandy Wiener's gripping new book delves into the underworld of society and the rot within the South African justice system.
Her book, titled Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored, is a follow up to the bestselling Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed written in 2010.
Wiener examines how organised crime, gangsters and powerful political figures have been able to capture SA's law enforcement authorities and agencies.
She says it will take a long time to restore crime-fighting organisations ans state institutions such the Hawks, NPA, Ipid and Sars.
Wiener says the book follows the demise of Czech criminal and underworld kingpin Radovan Krejcir in Johannesburg, before zooming in on the crime rings in Cape Town.
She explains that the aim of her book is not to depress the reader. Instead, she hopes the reader feels empowered with information and inspired to become a more active citizen.
The investigative journalist joined Cape Talk host Pippa Hudson and a live studio audience to delve deeper into her book and research process.
WATCH: 'Organised crime has capitalised on campaign to hollow out NPA, Hawks, Sars'
The book sort of tracks the stories that I have reported on as a reporter for EWN for the past decade.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
It does pick up where 'Killing Kebble' left off. It picks up with Radovan Krejcir arriving in the county under a pseudonym and with a fake disguise.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
I want people to read the book and have a better understanding and awareness at the end of it.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
Hopefully people will read it and want to be more active citizens and ensure that there is better oversight of who watches the watchmen.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
There are still great prosecutors and great police officers who work hard and are committed. You can't tarnish the whole [justice] system with the same brush.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
There's been a deliberate campaign to hollow out crime-fighting organisations.— Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter and author of 'Ministry of Crime'
Wiener will launch her book at Exclusive Books at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Wednesday 9 May.
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : WATCH: How organised crime exploited the campaign to hollow out NPA, Hawks, Sars