Qaanitah Hunter is a political journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her writing on South African politics and investigations featured prominently on the front pages of the Sunday Times and has often set the news agenda in the country. She has reported fearlessly on politics in South Africa and international relations.
Qaanitah’s constant probing and investigations has played a pivotal role in holding truth to power. In 2019 she authored the book Balance of Power: Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa. In 2019, she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nat Nakasa award for brave and courageous journalism. The judges of the award commended her for showing integrity and reporting fearlessly.
She is a rampant podcaster and has often hosted the Sunday Times flagship podcast ST Politics Weekly.
Qaanitah’s accolades include Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017 both regionally and nationally. She was also the runner-up in the Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism in 2016. Her political analysis and commentary on current affairs and politics has featured prominently on many platforms including the SABC, eNCA and Talk Radio 702. She has featured on international platforms such as Al Jazeera, BBC and TRT.
She has also previously written for the Daily Maverick and the Mail & Guardian. In 2017, Qaanitah was featured on The Young Independents list of 100 influential youth as a disruptor to watch. She holds an Honours degree in Journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand.