Taco Kuiper Award Winners 2006:

First Prize: R200 000

Beeld and Die Burger journalists Adriaan Basson and Carien du Plessis

Winning story: A series of investigations into corruption at the
Department of Correctional Services. The series implicated former
prisons Chief Linda Mti in fraudulent transactions involving R1.8m. The
reports led to Mti’s resignation and the subsequent launch of
investigations by the Public Service Commission.

Read the 2006 Taco Kuiper Award winning stories here

Second Prize: R100 000

This award for runner-up was shared by Mail & Guardian
and Sunday Tribune journalists. The prize was due to be shared R50 000
each but the Valley Trust decided at the April 26 awarding ceremony to award the joint winners R100 000 each.

Mail & Guardian
Team: Zukile Majova, Stephen Patrick “Sam” Sole, Nicholas Dawes and Stefaans Brummer.

Winning Story: A series titled “A murder most foul”. It explored the
relationship between national police commissioner Jackie Selebi,
murdered businessman Brett Kebble and the man accused of his murder,
alleged crime boss Glenn Agglioti. Read stories here:

Kebble arrest – What now Selebi? (Cover Page);

Selebi in firing line;

You first read about it in the M&G;

Selebi – Here's the evidence Minister! (Cover Page);

Here's the evidence – The safety and security minister asked for evidence. It is right under his nose


Sunday Tribune pair: Fred Kockott and Sibusiso Ngalwa

Winning Story: A series named “Ngunigate”. The series exposed KZN abuse
of the national Nguni cattle herd and the Ithala Finance Development
Corporation. This investigation prompted the Standing Commission on
Public accounts to ask the MEC of agriculture to investigate the
misappropriation of fund in the department. Read the stories here:

KZN watchdog;

On the horns of a dilemma;

Ndebele gives back herd;

Senior suspensions suspect;

Rose don’t smell so sweet;

Ithala ‘piggy bank’ for elite

The judging process:

Professor Anton Harber's speech on behalf of the Panel of Adjudicators.

Keynote speech by Gavin Macfadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London.