Ed Herbst on new R3.5m boost for SA investigative journalism

JOHANNESBURG — If it wasn’t for investigative journalists, much of what we know today of state capture and other private and public sector corruption would not have made light in South Africa. Having said this, journalism, as we know it today, is also under huge financial pressure and facing staff cuts across the board that threaten to curb this crucial voice in society. That’s why it’s encouraging to see – as Ed Herbst points out in this article below – that former Naspers Chairman Ton Vosloo has donated R3.5m towards an investigative journalism unit positioned within Media24. – Gareth van Zyl

By Ed Herbst*

When the Gupta Tapes story broke, Independent Media was left high and dry – out of the loop. We were told we had been ignored because it was felt we “could not be trusted”.

And I think our sources were correct in this respect. – Dougie Oakes

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