Adriaan Basson

Assistant editor: City Press

He's tough on criminals, but as gentle as a lamb when it comes to protecting the voiceless, downtrodden and those with no hope. It was his indestructible sense of justice that drew Adriaan Basson to journalism and, in his quest for justice, he has reached the top of his game in record time. Basson, now assistant editor of City Press, started his career at the Afrikaans daily Beeld, where his expose of the denial of justice to a four-year-old rape victim won him accolades. He went on to win several industry awards, including the coveted Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism. During his three-year stint as investigative reporter for the Mail & Guardian he became a household name in government and criminal-justice circles and his book, Finish and Klaar, which traces the fall of disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, is seen as an important contribution to the public discourse. � Mandy Rossouw

Twitter: @AdriaanBasson