South Africa 15.10.2018 05:00 am

Sunday Times eating humble pie

‘As we said two years ago, our systems, structure and processes led to our failure and we have no excuse but to acknowledge that and apologise,’ wrote Bongani Siqoko.

The Sunday Times' narrative of the Cato Manor “death squad” and the “illegal Zimbabwean renditions” joined their cousin the Sars “rogue unit” in the journalism trash bin following the newspaper’s withdrawal of the stories penned by its “investigative unit” consisting of Stephan Hofstatter, Mzilikazi Wa Afrika and Rob Rose.

Sunday Times eating humble pie
Sunday Times eating humble pie

Sunday Times eating humble pie

‘As we said two years ago, our systems, structure and processes led to our failure and we have no excuse but to acknowledge that and apologise,’ wrote Bongani Siqoko.

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