M&G suspends its political editor Matuma Letsoalo over conflict of interest

The Mail & Guardian has suspended it's political editor Matuma Letsoalo pending an investigation into allegations of a conflict of interest with Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (Prasa).

Speaking to Clement Manyathela, Editor-in-Chief at M & G Khadija Patel says she was made aware of the allegations against Matuma Letsoalo when the journalist from the Daily Maverick contacted her.

These are serious allegations because the reporter in question is a political editor and a senior member of the Mail & Guardian staff.

Khadija Patel, Editor-in-Chief at M & G

I believe that we need to have a thorough investigation of his particular involvement and his conflict of interest and how his business interests interfered with his reporting.

Khadija Patel, Editor-in-Chief at M & G

Meanwhile, suspended M & G political editor Matuma Letsoalo says he welcomes the investigation.

In fact, I have suggested to the editor to say that I would like to step aside to allow for this investigation to unfold.

Matuma Letsoalo, Suspended M & G senior journalist

I have never hidden my business. I have disclosed.

Matuma Letsoalo, Suspended M & G senior journalist

I have never written about Prasa, you can check on Google.

Matuma Letsoalo, Suspended M & G senior journalist

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