Well-known forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan has told the Sunday Times to come clean about its allegedly "facilitative role" in state capture within seven days, or else.
O'Sullivan says if the paper does not fess up about writing fake news stories to destabilise Sars and the Hawks, he will canvass all advertisers to boycott the Sunday Times.
The corruption-buster claims that the Sunday Times is culpably involved in peddling fake news about three narratives: the "Zimbabwe Renditions", the "Sars Rogue Unit" and the "Cato Manor Death Squad".
This is alleged to have happened between 2014 and 2015.
O'Sullivan says anti-corruption body Forensics for Justice made the connection in 2016, in a report on state capture titled "Joining the Dots".
He has accused two Sunday Times journalists of accepting money to push fabricated stories.
O'Sullivan specifically fingered investigative journalists Stefan Hofstatter and Mzilikazi wa Afrika as being part of the state capture machine.
Forensics for Justice wants a full, front-page apology and retraction from the Sunday Times or they will start a campaign to boycott advertising spend from the paper.
[Two Sunday Times journalists] are culpably involved, and if they want to sue me, they can go ahead and do so.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
Forensics for Justice joined the dots and unfortunately for the Sunday Times, the dots led back to them.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
We identified three particular narratives, with the catchphrases all originating from the Sunday Times - "Zimbabwe Renditions", "SARS Rogue Unit" and "Cato Manor Death Squad".— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
These articles emanated from the Sunday Times, from two journalists.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
The articles predicated fake criminal charges, suspensions, dismissals and what not against all the people named in the articles.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
As a result of those fake news stories, people lost their jobs. They were suspended and forced out of their jobs. Sars was captured.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
The criminal investigation element at Sars was captured and the criminal investigation element at the Hawks was captured.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
Sunday Times editor, Bongani Siqoko, declined an invitation to participate in the discussion with Paul O’Sullivan.
Listen to the discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show: