Born in Sibambayani, a dusty village in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, Mzilikazi Wa Afrika grew to be a multi-award winning journalist named among one of the best in South Africa. Also recognised internationally as a board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Wa Afrika launched his recently released memoir at the NMMU Conference Centre on 22 April 2015. This Sunday Times journalist who has had his hand in exposures of corruption and fraudulent acts in the government described his memoir, Nothing Left To Steal: Jailed for telling the truth, as a “blow by blow of what [they] went through as [the Sunday Times Investigative Unit] to uncover some of these stories.”
Among the many exposures he has carried out, the most infamous incident was when he was wrongfully arrested and harassed for exposing a multimillion-rand property lease scandal between former police commissioner Bheki Cele and property businessman Roux Shabangu. “They had unleashed the dogs; they followed me around. Beautiful women sent to seduce me and then cry ‘Rape!’” he wrote in his memoir. In his short speech, Wa Afrika explained the title of the book as “a call to civil society to wake up and act before there is nothing left to steal.” As a former ANC activist, he urged society to stand together and say “enough is enough”, saying the ANC fought for something different from what South Africa is today.
As the respondent, NMMU Head of Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy, SM Nzioki urged for the readership of this memoir, describing Wa Afrika as “a native first before he is a journalist’” saying Africa needs domestic agents such as Mzilikazi Wa Afrika.
Like many African leaders, Wa Afrika condemned the recent xenophobic attacks and said, “what happened last week must never ever happen again in this country”.