Streaming issues? Report here
John Perlman 1500 x 1500 2020 John Perlman 1500 x 1500 2020
The John Perlman Show
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
The John Perlman Show
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

[LISTEN] News media has an ethical contract with society - Songezo Zibi

3 October 2018 12:19 PM
Tags:
State Capture
SARS
Business Day
Sunday Times
Rogue unit
The Sunday Times

Former Business Day editor Songezo Zibi discusses his stance on the reporting of the Sars rogue unit by the Sunday Times.

Investigative journalism has played a crucial role in exposing corruption in South African in the past years.

Issues such as state capture and maladministration at the South African Revenue Services are some of the big stories covered by investigative journalists.

However, between 2014 and 2015, the Sunday Times published numerous stories about the existence of a 'rogue unit'. The newspaper’s investigation unit played a crucial role in the destruction of the Hawks and Sars.

The newspaper later apologised for the articles and the press ombudsman also ruled that the Sunday Times retract all stories.

The news media has an ethical contract with the society and that contract is a very powerful component of our democratic architecture.

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group Limited

If it had not been for journalism, we would not be at the point where Minister Nene is testifying today at the state capture commission.

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group Limited

The former Business Day editor took to Twitter on the weekend to describe how he questioned the Sunday Times articles on the 'rogue unit'.

The most stupid important question I felt we needed to answer was what is spying? What is the legal definition of spying?

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group Limited

I think judgment was not applied vigorously in my view. When we look at the same set of facts, I just felt that certain conclusions could not be made without making reference to what makes them true.

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group Limited

You have to make an ethical call when you realise that I'm wrong. You can either double down and try and prove your case regardless because it's too embarrassing and your ego doesn't allow you to admit.

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communications at Barclays Africa Group Limited

Listen to what callers had to say about the discussion...


3 October 2018 12:19 PM
Tags:
State Capture
SARS
Business Day
Sunday Times
Rogue unit
The Sunday Times

More from Local

Rand Water essential workers won't be on strike tomorrow - Samwu

20 April 2021 1:09 PM

Samwu Gauteng deputy secretary Mamorena Madisha says the employer can afford to meet their demands.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Prince Mashele: Tokyo Sexwale thrives at creating storms

20 April 2021 11:21 AM

Political analyst Prince Mashele says Tokyo Sexwale has presidential ambitions and wants his name to be sounded.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

US reports on Lindani Myeni's shooting one-sided, says family in SA

20 April 2021 9:04 AM

The 29-year-old former KwaZulu-Natal rugby player was shot dead by members of the local Hawaii police department last week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA records 744 COVID-19 cases and 21 more people succumb to virus

20 April 2021 6:37 AM

The Health Department says these fatalities has pushed the death toll up to 53, 575 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Over forty foreign nationals deported after anti-xenophobic protests

19 April 2021 6:13 PM

Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi explains why it took two years for the deportation to take place.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Sahpra recommends lifting pause on J&J Covid-19 vaccine

19 April 2021 2:12 PM

Sahpra CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotela explains the measures put in place for the vaccine roll-out.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

One person arrested in connection with Table Mountain fire

19 April 2021 9:13 AM

As firefighters battled the fire break between Rhodes Memorial and the slopes above Vredehoek, they received several calls that people were making fires in the bush.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Fourth firefighter injured and more evacuations as Table Mountain fire rages on

19 April 2021 7:30 AM

Eyewitness News Cape Town editor Charlotte Kilbane reflects on the fires.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

SA records 1,089 COVID-19 infections and 25 people succumb to virus

19 April 2021 6:21 AM

The Health Department says these fatalities have pushed the death toll to 53, 736 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Show your liver some love this World Liver Day!

19 April 2021 6:00 AM

This #WorldLiverDay, celebrated annually on 19 April, Essentiale® Extreme wants you to show your liver some love!

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward