Judge Frank Kroon testified at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria last Friday.
The former head of the Sars advisory board has recanted an initial finding that the investigation unit within the revenue service’s so-called rogue unit was established and operating unlawfully.
This has raised a number of questions, and in particular, how the media needs to sometimes do an introspection because the narrative of the rogue unit was something that many people bought into even though there were obvious questions.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, former editor of the Business Day Songezo Zibi says initially he didn't have doubts about the rogue unit.
I read the stories that broke like everyone else, until a few weeks in. I was contacted by somebody who said some of the people involved in this so-called unit wanted to talk.— Songezo Zibi, Former Editor of the Business Day
And that is when I first realised that perhaps the story is not complete and we needed to look into it.— Songezo Zibi, Former Editor of the Business Day
He says the principle that he and certainly his colleagues at the Business Day try to apply at all times is that "just because somebody is slipping something under your door or whispering something to you, does not mean that it is true."
It doesn't mean that they have a good motive for doing so. You need to be extremely careful and you need to examine the leak itself.— Songezo Zibi, Former Editor of the Business Day
Listen below to the full interview: