PAN MACMILLAN 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.
In this searingly honest account, Pikoli reveals how he grappled with the dilemma of prosecuting friends and comrades, how he navigated through repeated attempts at political interference and how he confronted his own persecutors in a poignant face-to-face encounter. He 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, Travelgate, 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 sacrifices was worth fighting for.
‘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 I have highlighted issues of accountability, integrity and transparency, as well as the importance of the independence of 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. Having sacrificed so much, Advocate Pikoli deserves to have his story acknowledged and appreciated. This is such an important book about prosecutorial independence, speaking truth to power, integrity and about holding our government 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 award’s criteria, 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