Editor of Cape Times fired

2013-12-08 18:31

Johannesburg - Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois has been fired, the Mail & Guardian reported.

She was informed of her removal on Friday and that Monday's edition of the newspaper would be edited by Western Cape group editor Chris Whitfield.

"I am in the process of seeking legal advice," Dasnois told the Mail & Guardian.

It was not known why she was fired.

The Cape Times published a front-page article last week on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding against Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

It found that the minister was guilty of maladministration and improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of an R800-million tender to a Sekunjalo subsidiary to manage the state's fishery vessels.

Cape Times is owned by Independent Newspapers, whose controlling shareholder is Sekunjalo Consortium.

  • Richard Stockenström - 2013-12-08 18:37

    Kick their A S S E S. Dirty scumbags!

      Ken O'Connell - 2013-12-08 19:41

      Rupert Murdoch would be proud of this Consortium. "That's the way to do it" he was allegedly heard to say!

      Lionel Potgieter - 2013-12-08 21:04

      Shareholders does not like the idea that they have been found out do they the racist anc ass kissing bastards.........................their end like the anc end is near

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-08 21:44

      Fire the whole lot in the cabinet and start over again!! In SAs' government,: "GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!!"

      Gary Guy - 2013-12-08 21:54

      Leonardb, I have already cancelled my subscription to The Star. If I wanted government propaganda I'd have bought the New Age!

      Bertram Dusan - 2013-12-09 00:31

      "The Cape Times published a front-page article last week on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding against Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. It found that the minister was guilty of maladministration and improper and unethical conduct in the awarding of an R800-million tender to a Sekunjalo subsidiary to manage the state’s fishery vessels. Cape Times is owned by Independent Newspapers, whose controlling shareholder is Sekunjalo Consortium." GO FIGURE...

      Andrew M - 2013-12-09 06:17

      Leonardb1, read the heading this is an article of news interest and does not imply or connect to Madiba.

      Imagine Sense - 2013-12-09 09:30

      Typical: Instead of firing the corrupt and incompetent Tina Joemat-Pettersson, they fire the messenger. What a waste.

      Foc Us - 2013-12-09 10:09

      Alicia we read the article no need to copy and paste the whole thing again! sheezzz

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-12-09 13:13

      @Leonard, have a done a comparison between the Protection of Information Act 84 of 1982 and the new Protection of State Infromation Bill? If you haven't then I plead with you to do so. There is massive improvement. I think everyone agrees on this point. The only point of contention now is the heavy penalty imposed on those found in possession of or distributing classified information (even if they use the public interest defense). But this is normal practice around the world. Ask Snowden or Asange if you don't believe me.

      Kevin Marsh - 2013-12-09 22:16

      Who owns this two bit paper and would want to support a thug?

  • - 2013-12-08 18:38

    Who are the directors of Sekunjalo Consortium - then perhaps light will be shed on why

      goyougoodthing - 2013-12-08 19:35

      Owned by Independent Newspapers owned by: the same scum involved in the deal.

      Kenneth Gerald Loots - 2013-12-09 08:17

      The consortium is headed up by Iqbal Surve

      Cameron MacKenzie - 2013-12-09 08:42

      Iqbal Surve (BEE partner and beneficiary in Siemens Southern Africa), Cosatu, FACTWU and other trade union investment funds. Is this the dawn of a New Age? If so, there's LOTS of other papers to read - The Times, Business Day, The Guardian, The Citizen, City Press....

      Alice Pretorius - 2013-12-09 10:34

      Do a company office search, easy

      CliveK - 2013-12-09 10:36

      It didn't take long for Surve to show his true (ANC) colours as a media owner. Clearly Independent Newspapers needs to change its name chop-chop.

  • Foodie Beeach - 2013-12-08 18:45

    so sad the the Cape Times has become corrupted by money. bye bye

      Jeremy Forbes - 2013-12-08 22:01

      The owners of the CT needed their corrupt deeds covered up by the editor, here refusal led to her being sacked. The 'corrupters, now own newspapers as well the best way to ensure that the public never gets to know about their dark deeds. After toll roads this is our next battle, a more important one I would suggest i.e. A FREE PRESS.

  • David Bernstein - 2013-12-08 18:48

    Dont buy Cape times, dont buy, dont buy cape times, dont buy!

      Richard Lawson - 2013-12-08 19:27

      Don't worry I have intention of purchasing that rag again.

      Courtney Af - 2013-12-08 22:17

      Ouch. What about the rest of us that work here! Do you think it possible that one person reports? The Mission remains as We all contribute!

      sunblock - 2013-12-09 13:40

      I think out of protest to the firing of its editor, no one should by Monday's Cape Times paper.

  • oi - 2013-12-08 18:53

    Boycotting Cape Times from now on ... not much to miss any way

      Robert Sidney - 2013-12-09 12:46

      what the eff is the Cape Times?

  • Marina Dc - 2013-12-08 18:58

    I hope news 24 will also publish the reason this woman was fired. If it was because of political pressure, let us know. It is time we stand up for one another and a petition will surely be a beginning. Enough is enough. No more bulling!

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-08 19:24

      Best idea like mentioned here above is to immediately boicot all purchase of the Cape Times. People let us stand together on this one, we can do it!

  • Marlene Black - 2013-12-08 19:00

    Is there perhaps an interesting CCMA case in the offing?

  • Oistar Tutu - 2013-12-08 19:08

    This sounds even more suspicious while there is no transparency.

  • Ella Mental - 2013-12-08 19:27

    And so starts the slippery slope...

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-12-08 19:40

    Spider, spider weave your web ....... Another way of silencing the press, is to buy a stake in the controlling body of that newspaper, or get your "gabba" to buy it on your behalve.

      Jan Grimbeek - 2013-12-09 09:19


  • Graham Du Toit - 2013-12-08 19:53

    corrupt bastards - trying to get rid of those that expose them!

  • Raymond Kok - 2013-12-08 20:00

    its the goverment

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-12-08 20:02

    Never bite the hand that feeds you....or else....

  • Alex - 2013-12-08 20:07

    How the F is that horrible Joemat-Pettersson person still the minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries? How much more proof does the president need that she is utterly useless and is the leading cause of the ruination of our natural biological resources? Please just fire that nasty, arrogant, contemptible piece of work.

      Colin Malan - 2013-12-08 20:52

      Fully agree Alex,, This lady has been embroiled in lots of problems, from wasting money on 5 star accommodation to tender fraud and also the farm workers uprising. She is long past her due date. She must go ,the tribe has spoken. Finish en klaar !!!

      Earle Francis - 2013-12-08 21:51

      She is a common thief! Protected by her even more common thief.

      dave.prinsloo - 2013-12-09 06:49

      the "president" doesn't need proof. He appointed her to ensure corruption prevails, specifically to benefit his cronies. His plan is working as intended

      Taff2 - 2013-12-09 10:03

      Its because she is incompetent and pliable that she is there!

  • Nditsheni Singo - 2013-12-08 20:13


      dave.prinsloo - 2013-12-09 06:46

      of course, DUH, the reason is Iqbal Survé's affiliation to the corrupt Joemat Peterson and silencing of whistle-blowers. You silly sheepy head

  • Richard Young - 2013-12-08 20:20

    As far as I know, Alide Dasnois is a very good person and newspaper journalist and editor. She has always had a special consideration for fighting corruption. May she find justice.

  • Henry Vivian Volmink - 2013-12-08 20:22

    Was she wrong by doing this?, as esitor she will not allow this to be published if she did not have proof. Let's hope we'll get answers

  • Adair Victoria Cross - 2013-12-08 20:34

    I think I see a big C.C.M.A case coming up

  • niel.viljoen.3 - 2013-12-08 20:36

    So in the fisheries debacle, Mr Survé maintained that because the 4 main "arms" of his company are independent of each other that there would have been no conflict of interest between his fishing and his (proposed) policing of fishing industries. Unless of course there's an actual conflict between two of the companies - then you fire the editor. Pull the other one Iqbal.

  • CaL - 2013-12-08 21:02

    So much so for freedom of the press! In just about all matters these days, it's a case of 'he who pays the piper calls the tune'. And to add to this, so called EIS's (environmental impact studies) are commonly commissioned by the same developers who are trying to push through their own developments and are required by law to undertake an EIS, and guess what the environmental consultant comes up with?

  • Lorna Murdoch-Eaton - 2013-12-08 21:25

    "Independent Newspapers"? - Now there's a misnomer if ever I heard one! Corrupt Sekunjalo Consortium bastards are in bed with equally corrupt minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and they fire the whistle-blower! Too late you donkeys, the world knows what you are. I hope Alide Dasnois wins a lawsuit so big it makes the bribes you paid look like tooth-fairy money!

  • Stephan Smuts - 2013-12-08 21:39

    She shot herself in the foot, but it was the right thing to do as a reporter.

  • Bretton Eveleigh - 2013-12-08 21:45

    So... all in all the Cape Times is pretty much so an ANC mouth piece... sucks... same league as New Age then!

  • Harry Boesman - 2013-12-08 21:46

    Oh dear! I have been supporting that party since the mid-80's, when I first reached the age of legal political activity. But with reports such as this, my support cannot be justified. Sorry, Tina, you're on your own...

  • Tony van Niekerk - 2013-12-08 21:52

    If you can't beat them, join them. Taking over Independent Newspapers, setting up New Age and controlling the SABC is one way of controlling press freedom in South Africa. It is clear that no news coming from Independent Newspapers can be trusted going forward

  • Mike Clery - 2013-12-08 21:57

    So much for editorial independence. I stopped buying the Cape Times quite a while back (after 30 years of it being my primary news source).

  • Franklyn Davies - 2013-12-08 22:00

    Dont buy their rubbish.

  • Danie Gerber - 2013-12-08 22:08

    This is quite obvious and very predictable!!! Took them to court and settle the score lady!

  • Stratford Cavanagh Canning - 2013-12-08 22:16

    I think it is time I cancelled my Cape Times subscription. The owners re too close to the ANC.

      Makabongwe Ntinga - 2013-12-09 00:03

      a u racist?

      Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-12-09 06:36

      Stupid question Ntinga?

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-12-08 23:02

    Well well well!! Go and do a Google search......The largest share holder in the consortium is COSATO.....and Mandla Mandelas' name also pops up.....

  • Dobris Ntlhamu Ronaldo - 2013-12-09 00:02


      Thembinkosi Ndaba - 2013-12-09 06:08

      yes indeed

      dave.prinsloo - 2013-12-09 06:35

      it's the snoek I wrapped with my unread Cape Times. At least my subscription ends this month

  • Alex - 2013-12-09 03:03

    Wouldn't it be great if we could have a private newspaper which was truly independent and displayed absolutely no fear or favour in its coverage. A paper that took pride in publishing world class investigative journalism of South African stories and was owned and run by the people for the people with no financial ties to any politician or government department. Zero political affiliation. Shares limited to one per person. Editors fully elected by shareholder majority. A newspaper that wasn't afraid to ask the questions that we all want answers to. The integrity of the South African press is coming under serious threat and the level of journalism is in decline. We need to fight back! Anyone want to start a newspaper?

      Henry Van Eyk - 2013-12-09 07:55

      Mail & Guardian?

      Cameron MacKenzie - 2013-12-09 08:43

      Sunday Times?

  • Kevin Marsh - 2013-12-09 05:18

    Cape Times likes our money . Now they must please explain . Don't buy there newspaper till they come clean

  • Alta Steyn - 2013-12-09 05:32

    Maybe she said something wrong about Mandela ... #justsaying

  • eugene.boniface - 2013-12-09 06:00

    Can't wait to see what Muriel has to say

  • dave.prinsloo - 2013-12-09 06:27

    should change their name to The Sekunjalo Times

  • dave.prinsloo - 2013-12-09 06:32

    Iqbal Survé - cosatu puppet and intellectual raisin. Cape Times now only good for wrapping snoek

      Piet Snot714 - 2013-12-09 09:12

      Would not want to taint my snoek!

  • Travers D Hewitt - 2013-12-09 06:52

    i wonder if she will smile in prison

      Gladys Mulomba - 2013-12-09 07:39

      People no longer go to prison for nothing.The country is free remember.

  • Helene Lee - 2013-12-09 07:49

    when owners of newspapers fire editors for running stories that they should be running, even if those stories make the owners squirm, it's the end of freedom of the press. I will no longer read The Cape Times because I no longer trust The Cape Times

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-12-09 08:04

    It's all "BOETIE BOETIE " JOEMAT must be fired and give up she gained through fraudulent means. It must run into millions. Fool

  • Kenneth Gerald Loots - 2013-12-09 08:12

    Hey, newspapers are NOT supposed to publish the truth. All young journos are taught never to spoil a good story with the facts. This is especially true in SA today. Alide should have known that.

  • Grimble Grumble - 2013-12-09 08:19

    Should change their name to THE CABBAGE TIMES.

  • Omnivore - 2013-12-09 08:31

    She gets fired and Joemat-Pettersson does not. How ironic.

  • Xenswim1 - 2013-12-09 08:31

    What many may not know is that the Sekunjalo Consortium is ANC cadre. Have you not noticed that cahnge in attitude and reporting. The wr4oding is different and there are many more pro Zuma articles.

  • Alan Meyer - 2013-12-09 08:34

    Lesson do not stand up against the Minister !!! She has her cronies

  • CliveK - 2013-12-09 08:37

    So much for editorial independence.

  • Alfredo Alfacinha - 2013-12-09 09:16

    Tina Jou-maat wag vir jou

  • Leon Nel - 2013-12-09 09:18

    Message is clear, the Independent Newspapers wont allow any dissident, only ANC propaganda allowed. I for one never go to their website anymore

  • Peter H A Müller - 2013-12-09 09:48

    I like the Cape Times - but after this I will not renew my subscriptions. My business has 4 Cape Times subscriptions and non of them will renewed at the end of this month. (I am voting with my feet!)

  • Ria Cook - 2013-12-09 09:58

    Surely this can't have anything to do with the report on Tina Joemat-Pettersson. All the papers carried that story - why are all the editors not scked?

      Omnivore - 2013-12-09 12:15

      @Ria -- but all the papers aren't controlled by Sekunjalo and of those that are only Cape Times chose to lead with it on the front page - likely in direct contravention of orders to the contrary from their corporate overlords. Independent indeed.

      Ria Cook - 2013-12-09 12:58