Major General Johan Booysen says he feels vindicated by Sunday Times apology

Do journalists have a duty to protect their sources who have deliberately lied?

Particularly when there is an admission that they were complicit in forwarding information they should have thought about.

The Sunday Times has parted ways with senior journalists Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter.

This is after the two were part of a group from the newspaper's investigative unit who wrote a number of stories which were later established to be false.

The stories include the so-called rogue unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) which led to the exodus of senior executives.

The paper has now apologized and announced that it will return all awards and prize money received for now discredited reports on the Cato Manor “death squad”, “Sars rogue unit” and Zimbabwean extraditions.

READ: Sunday Times has seven days to confess to state capture role, warns O'Sullivan

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, former KZN Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen says he would not like to defend the Sunday Times but he feels vindicated by the apology.

I have made it clear in the book that I wrote and I have also made it clear in the article I wrote in the Sunday Times that the informants of Stephan Hofstatter and Mzilikazi wa Afrika were none other than rogue elements within crime intelligence.

Major General Johan Booysen, former KZN Hawks head

He adds that there were a number of people with agendas and counter agendas and those people made use of Wa Afrika and Hofstatter.

Both Wa Afrika and Hofstatter have parted ways with the Sunday Times.

Bingwa also spoke to former Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela who says assistance and information was given to Wa Afrika.

I wrote a lot of information to the journalists from the Sunday Times and it was clear to me when I saw the articles that they had fallen in love with the narrative that they were peddling.

McIntosh Polela, former Hawks spokesperson

And when I confronted them afterwards because they had left a lot of information that I had given them, which I thought was going to be of assistance to them to show that what they were being fed was rubbish, I was left dismayed at the narrative they were pushing.

McIntosh Polela, Former Hawks spokesperson

Listen below to the full interview:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Top complaints dealt with by tax ombud relate to R450m in unpaid refunds

Top complaints dealt with by tax ombud relate to R450m in unpaid refunds

The office of the Tax Ombudsman says it's monitoring allegations that Sars has been arbitrarily delaying tax refunds to citizens.

Sunday Times has seven days to confess to state capture role, warns O'Sullivan

Sunday Times has seven days to confess to state capture role, warns O'Sullivan

Private eye Paul O'Sullivan says the Sunday Times was an integral part of state capture and needs to come clean or face a boycott.

[LISTEN] Reflections on the Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture

[LISTEN] Reflections on the Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture

Artscape chief executive Marlene le Roux says our young people need to be mentored as the next leaders of our society.

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

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

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

How Sars and the State got captured (by Pauli Van Wyk, Daily Maverick)

How Sars and the State got captured (by Pauli Van Wyk, Daily Maverick)

Ray White (on The Money Show) interviews Pauli Van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

I resigned from Sunday Times because I couldn't breathe - Pearlie Joubert

I resigned from Sunday Times because I couldn't breathe - Pearlie Joubert

Joubert resigned from the Sunday Times in January 2015 because she was unwilling to be party to "unethical and immoral" practices.

Moyane approaches ConCourt to suspend disciplinary hearing, Nugent inquiry

Moyane approaches ConCourt to suspend disciplinary hearing, Nugent inquiry

Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane's lawyer Eric Mabuza says they cannot face two inquiries at the same time.

'Increased taxes among the longer-term effects of Moyane’s dismantling of Sars'

'Increased taxes among the longer-term effects of Moyane’s dismantling of Sars'

Ray White (in for Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show) interviews Adrian Lackay, a former Spokesperson at the SA Revenue Service.

'That's when I first realised perhaps the Sars rogue unit story is not complete'

'That's when I first realised perhaps the Sars rogue unit story is not complete'

Former Editor of the Business Day Songezo Zibi says initially he didn't have doubts about the rogue unit but then he reconsidered.

Sars exec Luther Lebelo plays victim card during 'meltdown' at Nugent inquiry

Sars exec Luther Lebelo plays victim card during 'meltdown' at Nugent inquiry

Luther Lebelo claims that he was ambushed and questioned about matters that he was not briefed on, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

[LISTEN] Judge Kroon recants ruling that 'rogue unit' was unlawful

[LISTEN] Judge Kroon recants ruling that 'rogue unit' was unlawful

Kroon acknowledged that the board which he led blindly endorsed the Sikhakhane Report.

The country owes whistleblowers a huge debt for #Guptaleaks

The country owes whistleblowers a huge debt for #Guptaleaks

Two whistleblowers known as Stan and John lifted the hard drives containing the Gupta leaks.

#NugentInquiry: SARS offical Luther Lebelo claims ignorance over FIC report

#NugentInquiry: SARS offical Luther Lebelo claims ignorance over FIC report

Senior Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman is following the story.

Does the public trust the media? This caller doesn't

Does the public trust the media? This caller doesn't

A caller on The Eusebius Mckaiser Show discusses whether they think SA media is credible or not.

Eskom borrows R33.4 billion from China (backed fully by you, the taxpayer)

Eskom borrows R33.4 billion from China (backed fully by you, the taxpayer)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Dr Iraj Abedian, CEO at Pan-African Investments and Research Services.

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

The instruction from Moyane to the official was to allegedly avoid speaking to KPMG investigators during 'rogue unit' inquiry.

Popular articles
[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

[BREAKING NEWS] Johnny Clegg (66) has passed away

Specialists diagnosed the singer with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

Investigators find serious corruption at EOH

Investigators find serious corruption at EOH

A probe found "suspicious transactions" worth R1.2bn, bribery and theft. Bruce Whitfield interviews EOH CEO Stephen Van Coller.

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener describes former footballer Marc Batchelor's links to alleged underworld figures.

'Calculated move by media to undermine Public Protector, I don't accept apology'

'Calculated move by media to undermine Public Protector, I don't accept apology'

Former Sars employee Bizoski Manyike responds to the Sunday Times article that called him a 'dope-smoking Rastafarian'.

Capitec Bank has the strongest brand of any company in South Africa

Capitec Bank has the strongest brand of any company in South Africa

Castle Lager came in second, followed by FNB, Black Label, Discovery and Vodacom, according to the 2019 Brand Finance report.

3 best JSE and offshore shares to buy, right now (by Anchor Capital)

3 best JSE and offshore shares to buy, right now (by Anchor Capital)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield asks Henry Biddlecombe (an analyst at Anchor Capital) for his stock picks of the week.

Advisor scams pensioners out of R100 million with promises of 14% returns

Advisor scams pensioners out of R100 million with promises of 14% returns

Bruce Whitfield interviews Phillip de Wet (Business Insider), Robert Walton (Boutique Collective Investments) and Brandon Topham.

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

'I should have told the Sunday Times the pot smoking was irrelevant'

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw says he's sorry for any harm caused in his article on Mkhwebane and her principal witness.

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s  “The Crossing”

[WATCH] Over 50 artists record special version of Johnny Clegg’s “The Crossing”

For this week's #GoodNewsThursdays, we find out the inspiration behind the production.