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


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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.