Tabelo Timse – Investigator
Tabelo is a BTech Journalism graduate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her journalism career began as a TV reporter and radio current affairs producer at the SABC regional office in Port Elizabeth, but she later decided her passion was in print media. She participated in the Avusa graduate programme in then went on to work at The Herald and Weekend Post newspapers in Port Elizabeth as a general reporter. There, she exposed, prison warders smuggling weapons for inmates, municipal officials demanding bribes to award tenders and the tendency of dockets to go missing from police stations. After five years at The Herald, Tabelo covered the SADC region for Agence France-Presse (AFP). She joined amaBhungane in April 2012 as a political party-funding correspondent.
Serah Makondetsa — Fellow
Serah joined Malawi’s Times Media Group in 2013 after she completed her Bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the African Bible College in Lilongwe.
In the three years she has been with the group, Serah has worked across the organisation’s platforms, which include TV and radio broadcasting.
She has a firm grasp of reporting and believes the ability to listen and to identify red flags are key to her job.
Serah is passionate about the work she does as a reporter, because it allows her to give a voice to the voiceless.
She hopes to learn how to get to the bottom of allegations linked to corruption and the abuse of power during her time with amaBhungane.
Sally Evans – Investigator/Digital coordinator
A Wits Political Science Honours graduate with a predeliction for snowboarding, Sally began her media career at The Times in Johannesburg in 2008 per chance, when an internship turned into a full-time job. Her beat was anything to do with hard news, which is how she got to cover the corruption trial of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the pseudo-trial of Glenn Agliotti for the murder of Brett Kebble. Realising that there was much more to most of the news stories than met the eye, Sally got bitten by the investigations bug, which led her to the ultimate investigations unit, amaBhungane, in January 2011. Since she joined, Sally has covered several areas, including the murky world of crime intelligence and former spy boss Richard Mdluli. Sally has also turned her attention to the state of education focusing specifically on the Department of Basic Education and the awarding of workbook and textbook tenders to private companies.
Karabo Rajuili – Advocacy coordinator
A passion for working towards just, equitable and democratic societies has driven Karabo’s interests in working with a variety of civil society organisations. As an active and engaged citizen, she worked on the My Votes Counts (MVC) campaign during the period in which MVC launched an application to the Constitutional Court requesting transparency on party political funding.
Karabo holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from UKZN with minors in Media and Communication. She also holds a certificate in Public International Law from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and is an alumnus of the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) in Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice. Her love for justice, active citizenship and seeing things grow has found expression in her urban organic garden practices.
Micah Reddy — Fellow
Before joining the amaBhungane team, Micah was the national co-ordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA from Wits.
Micah was formerly managing editor at the Yemen Times in Sana’a. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Micah is a co-founder of Sound Africa Podcast.
Micah took particular interest in the struggle for Palestinian liberation — during his travels in parts of the Middle East before university — in which he drew strong parallels with the fight against apartheid.
Micah wants to improve his muck-racking skills at amaBhungane.
Susan Comrie — Investigator
Susan took an unconventional career path into investigative journalism. After studying graphic design and art direction at the Red & Yellow School, she joined the Daily Voice as a freelance entertainment writer before she eventually managed to persuade her various editors to let her write more in-depth, investigative features. In 2009 Susan joined Carte Blanche, a prime-time investigative journalism television series where she spent over five-years exposing controversial mining deals, including the politically-connected Goldfields BEE deal as well as the collapse of Aurora Empowerment Systems.
Susan also pursued bribery allegations involving Auction Alliance, and the R800m City Power solar geyser tender.
In 2015 she joined City Press where her extensive work on Eskom and the Guptas played a critical role in unearthing the State Capture phenomenon.
In August 2016 Susan jumped at the chance to join amaBhungane.
Together with colleagues, she has won numerous awards including a CNN African Journalism Award, a Taco Kuiper Award (Runner-up), a Sanlam Financial Journalism Award and the National Press Club Journalist of the Year Award. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Global Shining Light Award. Studying part-time, Susan has just completed a BA through Unisa, majoring in African Politics and World Languages and Literature.
Ferial Haffajee — Fellow
She hardly needs an introduction: Ferial is a veteran journalist and editor. She has edited both the Mail & Guardian and the City Press weekly newspapers and is currently editor-at-large with the recently launched Huffington Post South Africa.
Ferial is also the author of What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?
She is currently spending some time in amaBhungane’s Johannesburg office where she hopes to pick up a few more tricks of the investigative trade.
Craig McKune – Investigator
Craig is a science graduate and former magazine editor who joined the Cape Times in Cape Town in 2008. There he broke investigations into a R112-million corruption case in the Northern Cape, 2010 Fifa World Cup ticketing operations, the University of Cape Town's use of wild-caught baboons for medical research and various investment swindles. Joining amaBhungane in 2011, Craig has unearthed complex state leasing scams, revealed how Julius Malema was able to dish out tenders to his friends, prised open Cape Town's mob scene, been a thorn in the side of presidential contenders and shown how a US investment fund financed Robert Mugabe's brutal electioneering in 2008. He was awarded at the CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2012, a finalist in the 2012 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2012 and commended in the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards 2011.
Amil Umraw — Fellow
Amil started his career in journalism at The Witness newspaper in Pietermaritzburg where he interned while completing his Social Science Honours Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Amil, now a full-time reporter at The Witness, covers the newspaper’s East Coast crime beat. He got his first taste of investigative reporting when he uncovered a plot to murder an international tobacco baron.
Amil has since exposed incidents of alleged police corruption and underworld shenanigans.
Amil hopes to fine tune his investigative skills during his three-month stint with amaBhungane.
Nomagugu Nyoni – Administrator
Nomagugu was educated in Zimbabwe, where she completed a secretarial diploma. She moved to South Africa in 2007 working as a receptionist and finance administrator. She joined amaBhungane in March 2014 as administrator.
Sam Sole – Managing partner
Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting the criminal investigation of then national deputy president Jacob Zuma. Together with colleague Stefaans Brümmer he has received numerous journalism awards, including for their Oilgate exposés that traced the involvement of an ANC-linked company in diverting money from a state contract to the coffers of the ruling party. Sam was instrumental in revealing the links between former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, slain mining magnate Brett Kebble and various figures from South Africa's underworld, including Glenn Agliotti. Together with Stefaans and Adriaan Basson, Sam won the Taco Kuiper award in 2009 for sustained investigation of the notorious South African arms deal. Sam co-founded amaBhungane in 2010.
Stefaans Brümmer – Managing partner
Stefaans is an old hand at investigations. A politics and journalism graduate, he cut his reporting teeth at the Cape Argus in the tumultuous early 1990s; then joined the M&G as democracy dawned in April 1994. For the next 16 years (a late-1990s diversion into television and freelancing apart), the Mail & Guardian was his journalistic home and launch pad for award-winning investigations focusing on the nexus between politics and money. Stefaans has co-authored exposés including Oilgate, the Selebi affair, Chancellor House and significant breaks in the arms deal scandal. Stefaans and Sam Sole co-founded amaBhungane in 2010. He divides his time between the demands of media bureaucracy (which he detests), coaching members of the amaBhungane team, and his first love, digging for dung.
Drew Forrest – Investigations support coordinator
Drew oversees amaBhungane's skills transfer activities in South and southern Africa. A graduate of Wits University, Drew worked as an English and French teacher before entering journalism more than 30 years ago as The Star's labour reporter. He and has since worked on a range of publications in South Africa and Swaziland. Before joining amaBhungane in December 2011 he served the Mail & Guardian as national editor, business editor and political editor, and before that he worked as an assistant editor and political editor at Business Day. Married with two adult children, his non-journalistic interests include world music, African and European prehistory and cricket.
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