Jacques Pauw is a South African investigative journalist who is an executive producer of the Special Assignment current affairs programme on SABC. Pauw was a founder member and assistant editor of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad. He began his television career in 1994, specializing in documentaries around the African continent.
Throughout his journalistic career, Pauw has investigated lethal criminal activities in the underworld of southern Africa and exposed atrocities committed by governments around the African continent. Affairs covered by Pauw's documentaries include the Rwandan Genocide, the War in Dafur and the police death squads in South Africa under apartheid.
Pauw has written several books, among them, "Into the Heart of Darkness: The Story of Apartheid's Killers," published in 1997 and "Dances with Devils: A Journalist's Search for Truth," published in 2007, as well as "Little Ice-Cream Boy" published in 2009 by Penguin Books.
Recognition and honors
Pauw's work has been shown around the world and he has received several national and international awards, including the Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa's award for investigative journalism and the Young African Leadership Award.
Twice Pauw has been named as CNN's African Journalist of the Year and he has also been acknowledged the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in South Africa. In 2007 he won the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.