How far are you willing to go to get evidence for your story?
Daily Maverick journalist and columnist Marianne Thamm has come under fire for going through the trash to get evidence against the EFF leadership.
In her piece on Daily Maverick, Thamm allegedly exposes how the EFF rented a four-bedroom luxury Camps Bay villa priced at between R7,100 and R25,000 a night during the Sona period.
The trash also had French champagne brands Veuve Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot Rich, and Moët et Chandon.
I think that if you are a public official and particularly running on a ticket of economic redress and you are fighting for the poor and check into a guest house that cost you R60,000 for eight nights and that money goes straight into a foreign owner. I checked all this out and you put your trash out because you had a lekker party then you are fair game.— Marianne Thamm, Journalist/ columnist - Daily Maverick
I was only able to load seven of the 14 bags into my car and I took them somewhere and I got witnesses with me and we unpacked them.— Marianne Thamm, Journalist/ columnist - Daily Maverick
We found items that link a member of the EFF to the house in Camps Bay. That is Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. The booking was made by the CIC bodyguard.— Marianne Thamm, Journalist/ columnist - Daily Maverick
I found lots of expensive alcohol, tobacco, leftover food, used and unused condoms.— Marianne Thamm, Journalist/ columnist - Daily Maverick
When probed why she never went through other politicians trash and if this was planned, Thamm says:
This didn't involve planning. I don't go around looking through trash. I am too busy.— Marianne Thamm, Journalist/ columnist - Daily Maverick
702 listener weighed in on the discussion.
I couldn't care less what Malema does in his private life.— Lungi, Caller
People should read the story and draw their own conclusion.— Brit, Caller
I don't understand why as a member of the EFF I should book myself in Camps Bay or Khayelitsha. There is no one in this day and age the EFF my justify why there were used condoms in the trash bag. This is cheap journalism.— Mpho, Caller
I read the article in the morning. As a voter and who voted for the EFF, I thought its a bit ridiculous. They could have gone to Khayelitsha. The condom issue I thought wow they are using protection.— Palesa, Caller
You took a decision to specifically go through Atje EFF's trash? - @Eusebius— Nelisa Ngqulana (@Neli_Ngqulana) July 3, 2019
It wasn't planned. I'm too busy to do that. I have a wide network of people in the area. It came to me. I went out there - @MarianneThamm #702OpenLine
I have a big problem when a White journalist is on EFF case while they never bothered to write such stories on Ramaphosa. I just switch off @Eusebius.— General (@LukheleSipho) July 3, 2019
Let Daily Maverick write more about the Bosasa donation for a change. EFF is not in government #702OpenLine
The focus on alcohol @Eusebius, and it's overlap with revolutions in history, is interesting.— David Reiersgord (@reiersgord) July 3, 2019
When Lenin's Revolution began in 1917 in Petrograd, and the Tsar was deposed, comrades went straight for his exceptional wine cellar, which created problems for the Bolsheviks.
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This article first appeared on 702 : I don't go around looking through trash, I am too busy - Marianne Thamm