By: Leigh Andrews As an investigative journalist for the Daily Maverick, Pauli van Wyk's career has been more interesting than most - in addition to helping break the #GuptaLeaks, she's carried wood in Nkandla, hitched a ride in a Netcare 911 medical helicopter and met the likes of Virgin boss Richard Branson and Hollywood actor Christian Slater, as well as former public protector Thuli Madonsela and EFF president Julius Malema - no sweat, it's all part of the job. Here, the IAB SA's Bookmarks Awards 2019's inaugural Best Online Journalist Black Pixel-winner talks us through what it takes to do this on a daily basis.
Van Wyk met EFF President Julius Malema and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on 30 September 2015. Ndlozi was at the time still studying towards his doctoral degree. The EFF leaders visited the Netwerk24 office at Mediapark, Aucklandpark, Johannesburg.
The thought didn’t cross her then that three years and one month later, Malema would call her 'Satan' because she shone a spotlight on corrupt activities linked to the implosion of VBS Mutual Bank. From left to right is Carryn-Ann Nel, Pieter du Toit, Charlea Sieberhagen, Van Wyk and Malema, Adriaan Basson, Claudi Mailovich and Ndlozi.