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Peter Piegl and Sean Newman Delve into Joburg’s Underworld in Glenn Agliotti: A Biography

Glenn AgliottiA magistrate put Glenn Agliotti among the ‘snitches, pimps, rats who would sell their soul to evade a long prison term’. The press called him a drug trafficker and a drug dealer. He was. He’d admitted to these crimes and signed a plea bargain to grass on an associate. He was also known as the Landlord, which made him sound like a mafia boss.

He was too a facilitator between those in high places, think Jackie Selebi, and businessmen on the make, think Brett Kebble. He was known as a fixer, the go-to guy who commanded fees of R100 million to organise connections.

Glenn Agliotti: A Biography is the story of the man who did business in coffee shops and met associates in car parks and underground garages. It is the story of the man who bought shoes for the national commissioner of police. The man accused of the murder of Brett Kebble. This is the story of Glenn Agliotti, one of Johannesburg’s sons of the underworld.

About the authors

After obtaining his degree in psychology, Peter Piegl worked as a freelance photographer before embarking on a short stint as a photojournalist at local community newspapers in the South Coast.

Thereafter, he spent just over a decade at SA’s premier men’s lifestyle magazine, FHM. Working his way up from picture editor, Piegl was appointed managing editor before being approached to head up the re-launch of Playboy South Africa. Feeling his editorial vision was being compromised, Piegl resigned after nine months. Two of his covers received international recognition and accolades in various countries.

Post-Playboy, Piegl re-entered the freelance market before joining forces with ex-Teazers marketing manager Sean Newman and eNEWS journalist Karyn Maughan to produce the hugely successful Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality.

Director John Barker (Bunny Chow, 31 Million Reasons) has optioned the movie rights to document Lolly’s story, which is earmarked for release around 2015.

Piegl’s interest in true-life crime writing is fueled by an intense fascination with the human psyche. Unafraid of courting controversy, Piegl is similarly drawn to characters that flout their self-governance.

Piegl currently works at a Johannesburg-based ad agency.

Follow Peter on Twitter @Piegl.

Sean Newman was the marketing power behind the Teazer’s brand as well as Lolly Jackson’s spokesperson. This was a natural role for him having been a member of the Free State debating team at school which saw him excel in his love for public speaking.

Now a business owner, entrepreneur and a full time employed marketing manager for the holding company of a major South African exhibition, Newman’s encyclopaedic knowledge of news and politics have seen him successfully explore his passion for writing about South Africa’s most talked-about personalities.

When not working or writing he can be found travelling to see his favourite music bands and devoting his time to his family, especially his daughter who is the apple of her father’s eye and the only one who can beat him in an argument.

Follow Sean on Twitter @Seansa1092.

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