Sowetan: Sorry, Ferial and all

2011-08-04 09:00
Cape Town - The Sowetan newspaper on Thursday published an apology to City Press editor Ferial Haffajee and “all South Africans” for a controversial column by former columnist Eric Miyeni.  

The piece was written by the paper’s general manager Justice Malala and Mondli Makhanya, the editor in chief of Avusa, which owns the Sowetan, and was titled “Sorry Ferial and all”.

“In his column Miyeni condoned [necklacing],” Makhanya and Malala wrote.

“Sowetan cannot and will not allow itself to be party to the condonation of such acts.
“To do so is to allow our fine and noble newspaper to take the first steps towards what happened in Rwanda in 1994, when media outlets were used to incite people to violence.

Earlier on Thursday, the paper’s  acting editor Len Maseko resigned after just four months on the job.

Makhanya and Malala wrote: “He [Maseko] has done a sterling job in stabilising the newspaper.

“Maseko was not at work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and did not see the Miyeni column.

“However, Maseko has accepted full responsibility for the publication of the column and has resigned from his position as acting editor of the newspaper.

“We have accepted his resignation.

“We have appointed Mpumelelo Mkhabela, currently editor of the Daily Dispatch, as the new editor of Sowetan with immediate effect.

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