Journo was spin doctor for Rasool – report

2010-06-30 11:35

A former Cape Argus journalist served as an “embedded spin doctor"

to former ANC Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool while working for the

newspaper, The Argus Online reported.

According to the paper, former political reporter Ashley Smith

confirmed this in an affidavit submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority

yesterday. In exchange, he has requested indemnity against any possible criminal

charges.

The report states: “Smith’s admission comes five years after the

allegations were first made to the Cape Argus by members of the Western Cape ANC

– specifically that two Cape Argus staffers were secretly being paid to write

news articles favourable to Rasool.

“Smith has now confirmed under oath that he and (another staffer)

did indeed use their positions as full-time staff members at the Cape Argus to

assist Rasool’s campaign against political rivals and that they received money

from a public relations company that obtained provincial government contracts.

(The latter) has strenuously denied the allegations on repeated

occasions, and continues to do so.”

Rasool has also denied the claims.
 

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