CNN African Journalist: City Press takes top honours

2012-07-23 13:22

City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson and the newspaper’s former Limpopo correspondent, Piet Rampedi, won the General News Print Award in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards.

The City Press team’s coverage of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was chosen a winner among 1 799 entries from 42 nations across Africa.

The awards were held in Zambia, Lusaka, this weekend.

Said member of the judging panel Arlindo Lopes: “The depth of the story had a huge impact on South African politics … the exposé of Malema’s double character, exposing his true person, helped change the course of South African politics.”

Said Basson: “Without the brave whistle blowers we wouldn’t have been able to do this.”

Rampedi thanked his colleagues and “everyone else who had a hand in our careers over the past ten years or so”.

The CNN MultiChoice competition is now in its 17th year.

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