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Title: Black widow white widow
Subtitle: Is Al-Qaeda operating in South Africa?
Author: De Wet Potgieter
Genre: Current affairs
Publisher: The Penguin Group (South Africa)
Cape Town, South Africa 2014
ISBN 9780143538899 / ISBN 978-0-14-353889-9
Hardcover, 19 x 23 cm, 216 pages
It was no easy decision. It took me a while to decide whether I should write Black Widow White Widow: Is Al-Qaeda operating in South Africa? I did a lot of soul-searching and talked a lot with my fellow journalists, in South Africa as well as abroad. I started off as a young cub reporter in 1975 and covered every beat there is to help a journalist forge his career in a fitting manner. In a career that stretches over almost four decades, I have investigated controversial issues, written about interesting people and have witnessed gruesome scenes. In all this time, I have never experienced such an attack. I have to admit that I was shaken by the continuous waves of attacks that I have had to endure. 1 was accused of being Islamophobic, something completely untrue, but which made me wonder how many of the faceless people attacking me suffered from Christianophobia? I received so many Tweets, emails and messages from people asking me if they could read the unpublished material. This made me realise that I should no longer keep all the information that I have gathered over the years to myself. People were eager to find out the truth, and nothing but the truth. I also realised that I had to write Black Widow White Widow, because I owed it to my family and fellow journalists to set the record straight. This is just one of the factual stories that had to be written.