Sanef condemns fingering journalists in StratCom dirty tricks without evidence

The documentary 'Winnie' that aired on eNCA on Wednesday evening, alludes to 40 journalists who worked with the apartheid security branch StratCom's dirty tricks campaign to ensure articles discrediting anti-apartheid activists such as Madikizela-Mandela made front page news.

Now, a video has surfaced of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela naming journalists who were allegedly doing work for the apartheid security establishment, including StratCom.

Sanef Treasurer, Adriaan Basson says there is no proof at this point that these journalists were really involved and says it is very dangerous to name people without evidence.

Read: Sanef: Unsubstantiated claims against journos dangerous

There is obviously no dispute that journalists were involved with the apartheid state in planting stories. We remember seeing stories about that in the early 90s and many journalists were exposed in fact may were even jailed, but it is unfortunate that names are being put out there without any kind of truth.

Adriaan Basson, Sanef Treasurer

As Sanef, we are calling for cool heads at this stage, we are calling for people to come forward with evidence of journalist either retired or still working

Adriaan Basson, Sanef Treasurer

Just punting names is not only irresponsible but also dangerous to them and their families.

Adriaan Basson, Sanef Treasurer

Basson says some of the journalists mentioned have been receiving threats and that's why as Sanef they are calling for people to cool down and come forward with proof that those journalists were actually paid to discredit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The strategy of the apartheid state was to divide and spread rumors so we should be careful that we don't fall victim of that strategy again.

Adriaan Basson, Sanef Treasurer

I have spoken with some of the journalists mentioned, they are Sanef members with sterling records of exposing StratCom during the apartheid era, and that's why we have come out so strongly in support of them.

Adriaan Basson, Sanef Treasurer

To hear the rest of the interview with Sanef's Adriaan Basson, listen below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sanef: Unsubstantiated claims against journos dangerous

Sanef: Unsubstantiated claims against journos dangerous

A video has emerged of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, where she mentions journalists, saying they were doing the work of the apartheid security establishment.

EFF must condemn Shivambu's actions - SANEF

EFF must condemn Shivambu's actions - SANEF

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu was caught on camera harassing News 24 journalist, Adrian de Kock.

Sanef wants answers from MultiChoice for not renewing ANN7 contract

Sanef wants answers from MultiChoice for not renewing ANN7 contract

Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Gallens says plans should be put in place for journalists that currently work at ANN7.

#ANC54 security manager defied Saps non-partisan law by supporting NDZ

#ANC54 security manager defied Saps non-partisan law by supporting NDZ

Sanef's Katy Katopodis says journalists were herded like animals at the conference and shouted at by security personnel.

Journalists bullied, assaulted and sexually harassed at #ANC54

Journalists bullied, assaulted and sexually harassed at #ANC54

Sam Mkokeli chairperson of Sanef Media Freedom Subcommittee talks about how journalists are being bullied at #ANC54.

*EXCLUSIVE* Both sides of the PPC boardroom brawl from the horses’ mouths

*EXCLUSIVE* Both sides of the PPC boardroom brawl from the horses’ mouths

Someone is lying. Is it former CEO Ketso Gordhan or Executive Chairman Bheki Sibiya? You decide…

Popular articles
Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Zille open to renaming Robben Island swim after 'nation-builder' Theo Yach

Premier Helen Zille describes Yach as one of the most generous, warm, open-hearted and community-driven people she's ever known.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

Anton Fourie says he used his phone to record the interaction to create awareness of what is going on in the community.

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Malema has accused the rogue unit of still being operational and Pravin Gordhan of working in the background against the EFF.

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Fashion blogger Nadia Jaftha takes fans through her serious love of style, as well as her silly moments with sidekick mom, Nawal.