Fraud and corruption in high places plague South Africa. A tribe, made wealthy by its titanium-rich lands, persistently rebuffs overtures from the investment arm of the ruling party for a stake in its business empire.
The leader of the tribe tells Parliament there is a repressive force at work in the country and there are too many fat cats in government. His wife, speaking at a high profile international conference, blames government for contributing to 343 000 AIDS deaths.
Threats from government ministers, a drive-by shooting and ill-health seemingly silence the couple. But they and an inner circle launch their own covert offensive to bring the corrupt to book. While they are leveraging connections with big business, an angry veteran of the liberation struggle plots his own means of getting his anti-corruption message across – even from the grave.
Their separate initiatives bring the country’s Special Investigations Unit into play. As the unit’s investigations, led by a highly regarded professional, reach a climax, the limelight falls on treasured works of art. But one is not an original...and another carries a career-defining message.
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About the Author
Michael Kerkhoff was born and schooled in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He and his wife live in Cape Town, not far from their daughter and granddaughter but many hours from their son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and grandsons in Canada. Their home is not far from a golf course and tennis courts where he is, variously, a regular victim of unrepaired divots and pitch marks and bad line calls, and also in easy reach of the Cape winelands whose products he enjoys in a moderate fashion befitting his age. His working life has centred on writing, first as a journalist then as a corporate communications consultant.