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.
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.
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