Media too soft on Ramaphosa? 'I hope not,' says Ferial Haffajee

There's still no word from Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over claims she found President Cyril Ramaphosa guilty of misleading Parliament over a R500,000 donation from Bosasa.

In a statement on Sunday Mkhwebane's office said it would not comment on the contents of ongoing investigations as that could “potentially jeopardise her investigations and prejudice the subjects of the probes”.

On Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he had written to the Public Protector to demand she release the "full, unredacted" report on Ramaphosa's relationship with Gavin Watson and Bosasa.

Cape Talk's John Maytham asks whether the media are guilty of putting too favourable a spin on stories relating to the president.

I certainly hope not. I hope that our balance and our ability to scrutinise is not so easily purchased.

Ferial Haffajee, Associate editor - Daily Maverick

If you look at all the major columnists yesterday (Sunday)... all of them were very critical of our president's inability to say something as last week's attack on the Reserve Bank became more clear in the public domain, so I don't think we're at risk of establishing a 'sweetheart media'; it's just not in the DNA of our media.

Ferial Haffajee, Associate editor - Daily Maverick

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