LISTEN: Pieter du Toit responds after Zondo calls Gordhan statement leak a crime

Pieter du Toit, assistant news editor for News 24, does not believe that any damage was done by publishing Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's sworn affidavit which was leaked to the media.

Justice Raymond Zondo has warned that leaking statements submitted to the state capture inquiry before witnesses have testified is a criminal offence.

Read: Pravin Gordhan statement to Zondo Commission leaked

Zondo released a statement on Thursday night after detail Gordhan's sworn affidavit were widely circulated in the media.

Gordhan is only expected to testify before the commission next week.

Du Toit says the decision to publish the leaked information was based on news value, the credibility of the source and newsworthiness of the story.

Meanwhile, Justice Zondo says an investigation is underway to determine who is responsible for leaking witnesses' statements.

Also read: A look at Gordhan’s explosive submission to the Zondo Commission

It's not a difficult decision on whether or not to publish. It's a matter of national scrutiny and national interest.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

It won't make too much material difference to when Pravin Gordhan next week appears before the Zondo commission because it is not a court of law.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

It always plays a role to be first. We're in the news business. If you don't publish first then people will go to another news source.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

I don't see an ethics issue to this.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

The fact is the statement was leaked and was doing the rounds. It's fair news game in that sense.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

I have no doubt that this is part of a broader political game as well. The leaking of this thing is part of a broader political game.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant Editor for News 24

Listen to the heated discussion on The John Maytham Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : LISTEN: Pieter du Toit responds after Zondo calls Gordhan statement leak a crime


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Did Minister Gordhan lie to Parliament about meeting the Guptas?

Did Minister Gordhan lie to Parliament about meeting the Guptas?

The EFF wants Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate a violation of the executive ethics code by Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan to spill the beans on Zuma wanting American planes: Mantshantsha

Gordhan to spill the beans on Zuma wanting American planes: Mantshantsha

Mantshantsha also tackles how Eskom is strategically starting to cut senior staff to avoid a "bloodbath" with the unions.

'Jacob Zuma - front and centre of State Capture - cost South Africans R500bn'

'Jacob Zuma - front and centre of State Capture - cost South Africans R500bn'

R500 billion, and counting. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews independent political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni.

Pravin Gordhan statement to Zondo Commission leaked

Pravin Gordhan statement to Zondo Commission leaked

The Department of Public Enterprises says the report has been inexplicably leaked to the media.

Gordhan expected to meet with Mkhwebane over Ivan Pillay retirement package

Gordhan expected to meet with Mkhwebane over Ivan Pillay retirement package

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has been subpoenaed to meet Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

[LISTEN] A look at Gordhan’s explosive submission to the Zondo Commission

[LISTEN] A look at Gordhan’s explosive submission to the Zondo Commission

In the written submission Minister Pravin Gordhan details executive appointments, campaigns of harassment and intimidation.

Popular articles
Thandeka Gqubule prepared to fight EFF to the end

Thandeka Gqubule prepared to fight EFF to the end

SABC Journalist and part of the SABC 8 Thandeka Gqubule says she has not had any communication from the EFF.

[LISTEN] 'If you accuse, you must present some sort of preliminary evidence'

[LISTEN] 'If you accuse, you must present some sort of preliminary evidence'

Laywer Tebogo Malatji gives an update on Wednesday's meeting between Minster Pravin Gordhan and PP Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Discovery Bank takes on Capitec Bank, TymeDigital (Patrice Motsepe), Bank Zero

Discovery Bank takes on Capitec Bank, TymeDigital (Patrice Motsepe), Bank Zero

South Africa has a brand-new bank! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adrian Gore, Discovery Group CEO.

De Vos: Mkhwebane went against Public Protector's Act in subpoenaing Gordhan

De Vos: Mkhwebane went against Public Protector's Act in subpoenaing Gordhan

Prof Pierre de Vos says that Advocate Busisiwe Mkwhebane's pursuit of Pravin Gordhan is legally flawed.

Callers debate Mashaba arresting a man wheeling cow heads in Joburg CBD

Callers debate Mashaba arresting a man wheeling cow heads in Joburg CBD

Mashaba posted a picture of a man pushing a trolly full of cow heads saying that he had him arrested for an "illegal act".

[WATCH] Pupils dance to music made from a street pole in a true Mzansi way

[WATCH] Pupils dance to music made from a street pole in a true Mzansi way

Tech guru Jonathan Khabazela Fairbairn explores some most popular videos being shared on social media.

SA is falling in love with Telkom Mobile (6.5m users, 50% up on 6 months ago)

SA is falling in love with Telkom Mobile (6.5m users, 50% up on 6 months ago)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko.

Self-driving Merc returns to Chapman’s Peak to beat the bends in stirring new ad

Self-driving Merc returns to Chapman’s Peak to beat the bends in stirring new ad

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews branding and advertising expert Andy Rice about Merc's stirring new ad.

#DataMustFall! Meet Rain CEO Willem Roos... he is making it happen

#DataMustFall! Meet Rain CEO Willem Roos... he is making it happen

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Rain CEO Willem Roos for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.