Media has been leading the charge, along with NGOs and the judiciary, in exposing corruption and the abuse of power in South Africa.
From Nkandla to Gupta leaks, according to Caxton Chair Of Journalism at Wits University Anton Harber, teams of journalists have done meticulous and highly skilled work to make sense of these issues.
He spoke to Azania Mosaka to reflect on what has described extraordinary investigative journalism over the past year.
We look back at the last couple of years and we can see when the country was on the brink when corruption seemed to be unstoppable. When those who were corrupt seemed to be impervious and there was great impunity, a group of journalists who stuck with the story who dug and dug, did incredibly skilled and valuable work, played a critical role in rolling that back.— Anton Harber, Caxton Chair Of Journalism at Wits University
He speaks of patterns that are emerging and shaping investigative journalism and newsrooms.
Whereas investigate journalism used to be the work of individual slogging away, it is now much more collaborative. A lot of this work is now so complicated and there is so much data to deal with that no single individual can do it.— Anton Harber, Caxton Chair Of Journalism at Wits University
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Investigative journalists have done incredibly skilled and valuable work'