My Second Initiation

In his memoirs, Advocate Vusi Pikoli walks you through his life, from his first initiation in the hills of the Eastern Cape, to his second initiation in the corridors of power in government.

As the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli pursued some ambitious cases against high profile South Africans. Some cases he won, like that against the former National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, although that prosecution ultimately cost Pikoli his job. Others weren't as successful, like the case against President Jacob Zuma.

Vusi Pikoli faithfully upholds the constitution, to a fault, and has a sharp sense of justice, cultivated in the politically active New Brighton township of Port Elizabeth.

In his brutally honest account, co-written with award-winning journalist Mandy Wiener, Vusi Pikoli recounts how he fled with his ANC unit, spending 14 years in exile, only to face the difficult and odious task of prosecuting friends and comrades on his return.

Vusi provides an insider's perspective on cases that have dominated discussion over the past decade from the Arms Deal and the Scorpions to the Brett Kebble murder, the Travelgate scandal, the Special Browse Mole Report and the hoax e-mail saga.Pikoli interrogates the state of the country's criminal justice system, reflects on what has become of his beloved ANC and considers whether the cost of his sacrifice was worth fighting for.
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Vusi Pikoli Mandy Wiener
Format:
Paperback

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In his memoirs, Advocate Vusi Pikoli walks you through his life, from his first initiation in the hills of the Eastern Cape, to his second initiation in the corridors of power in government.

As the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli pursued some ambitious cases against high profile South Africans. Some cases he won, like that against the former National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, although that prosecution ultimately cost Pikoli his job. Others weren't as successful, like the case against President Jacob Zuma.

Vusi Pikoli faithfully upholds the constitution, to a fault, and has a sharp sense of justice, cultivated in the politically active New Brighton township of Port Elizabeth.

In his brutally honest account, co-written with award-winning journalist Mandy Wiener, Vusi Pikoli recounts how he fled with his ANC unit, spending 14 years in exile, only to face the difficult and odious task of prosecuting friends and comrades on his return.

Vusi provides an insider's perspective on cases that have dominated discussion over the past decade from the Arms Deal and the Scorpions to the Brett Kebble murder, the Travelgate scandal, the Special Browse Mole Report and the hoax e-mail saga.Pikoli interrogates the state of the country's criminal justice system, reflects on what has become of his beloved ANC and considers whether the cost of his sacrifice was worth fighting for.

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Author:
Mandy Wiener, Vusi Pikoli
Subtitle:
The memoir of Vusi Pikoli
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan South Africa
Imprint:
Picador
ISBN:
9781770103450
Audience:
General
Pages:
416
Additional Info:
Pan MacMillian is delighted to announce that Vusi Pikoli's and Mandy Wiener's bestselling book, My Second Initiation: The Memoir of Vusi Pikoli, published under its Picador Africa imprint, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.

'I want to thank those readers who have bought My Second Initiation and who have engaged with us over the book.And I offer my congratulations to the other authors whose books have been shortlisted. In sharing my story, I hope Ihave highlighted issues of accountability, integrity and transparency, as well as the importance of the independenceof prosecutors and of the need to uphold the values of our Constitution.'
Vusi Pikoli

'I am thrilled that My Second Initiation has been named on the shortlist for such an esteemed award. Havingsacrificed so much, Advocate Pikoli deserves to have his story acknowledged and appreciated. This is such animportant book about prosecutorial independence, speaking truth to power, integrity and about holding ourgovernment to account.'
Mandy Wiener

'I am delighted to see the close collaboration of Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener rewarded with the shortlisting of My Second Initiation for the 2014 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. This memoir speaks very strongly to the awardscriteria, in particular of truthfulness that flies in the face of power and of intellectual and moral integrity. I also extend my congratulations to the other shortlisted authors, and their publishers, as it was a strong longlist to be chosen from.'
Andrea Nattrass, Publisher at Pan Macmillan South Africa
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2/3 stars i expected a detailed expose, yet, however the book was an easy read, it was short on detailed info, research, history and background. not quite what i expected.

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