How amaBhungane got its hands on the explosive #GuptaLeaks (and what next)

Investigative journalist Sam Sole has explained how the amaBhungane Centre For Investigative Journalism got a hold of the leaked Gupta emails.

This comes after the Black First Land First (BLF) group disrupted a town hall meeting that intended to discussed the leaked Gupta emails and state capture on Thursday.

Read: BLF paid to disrupt those tackling state capture and Guptas - Anton Harber

Sole explains that whistle-blowers came forward with the documents and amaBhungane had to ensure the safety of the whistle-blowers by relocating them.

Whistle-blowers are involved, and there's more than one.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

We had to make arrangement for them to be relocated.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

Sole also explain the extent of the precautions taken to make sure that the email data was secure.

He advises that amaBhungane only began to unravel the emails late in May, after taking several other measures.

The deeper we looked, the more we could see that this is serious. There's evidence here that should send some people to jail.

Sam Sole, joint managing partner at amaBhungane

He says the revelation of state capture has increased the importance of the media, but also its vilification.

Take a listen:

SABC's senior radio producer and current affairs anchor Krivani Pillay spoke about why it is important to make the information revealed in the emails, available and accessible to all citizens.

The SABC is the only broadcaster with a wide reach of the official languages. My suggestion is that the Gupta leaks be translated into the official languages and be disseminated via the SABC so people in the rural areas know what's going on.

Krivani Pillay, SABC's senior radio producer and current affairs anchor

Take a listen:

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, an investigative reporter at Media24, describes the fracas at the meeting on Thursday night.

He says he was concerned at the what the intentions of the BLF members were as they moved towards the panelists.

It speaks to their lack of respect for the Constitution.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, an investigative reporter at Media24

He says he believes a knife was wielded during one of the scuffles.

Take a listen:

EWN senior reporter and host of The Midday Report also weighs in:

He explains why the banks felt now was the time to act against the Guptas, "when the cost of not acting is greater than the cost of acting".


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