Serious claims emerged at the Press Ombudsman hearing about attempts to use the Sunday Times in a vendetta against former SA Revenue Service executives, Ivan Pillay and Johan Van Loggerenberg.
Stephen Grootes on Wednesday spoke to political analyst Steven Friedman about what these revelations mean.
I think there's a very strong suggestion that what may have happened here is something that happens all too often in South African journalism which is that individuals manage... to put out into the public space claims which suit their particular agenda...— Steven Friedman, political analyst
Their was a clear attempt to get the Sunday Times to go for (Ivan) Pillay and (Johan) Van Loggerenberg— Steven Friedman, political analyst
There's a tendency in South Africa to blame one individual - the president (Jacob Zuma)... This was fundamentally not about him...— Steven Friedman, political analyst