The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) wishes to express its deep concern over the visit by two members of the South African Police Services to the offices of the Mail & Guardian newspaper in Johannesburg today on what they described as an investigation of a complaint by the Public Protector.
The SAPS members requested a statement from journalist Philip de Wet on the source of a ‘leaked’ draft report by the Public Protector on the Absa-Bankcorp matter relating to an apartheid-era bailout.
We wish to reiterate that the confidentiality of sources is not only sacrosanct but the cornerstone of the ability of whistle-blowers to expose corruption and other malfeasance in the public interest.
We have noted that the Mail & Guardian will seek legal advice on the matter and SANEF will support the newspaper should the need arise.
Sanef Chairperson – Mahlatse Gallens, 083 399 2852
Sanef Secretary – Reggy Moalusi – 071 682 3695