SA website sorry about Qaeda claims

2013-06-19 15:11
Daily Maverick apology

Daily Maverick apology

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Cape Town - Online publication The Daily Maverick has issued an apology to a South African family and the country's Muslim community for insinuating that members of the family have links to al-Qaeda.

The apology follows a 13 May 2013 article by De Wet Potgieter which included inaccuracies around Farhad and Junaid Dockrat’s placement on the US Sanction List and the United Nations al-Qaeda Sanctions List.

“Our article suggested these links and also that there is a strong al-Qaeda presence in South Africa. We unequivocally and unconditionally apologise to Farhad and Junaid Dockrat and the Muslim community of South Africa and retract this allegation. We regret the inconvenience and distress it has caused to Farhad and Junaid Dockrat and the Dockrat family,” the apology read.

The publication also acknowledged their lack of evidence as well as providing information that was untrue.

Potgieter has written an article, "My world, turned upside down", explaining how he came across the information, the intentions of his investigation and the consequences of it being published.

He attributed the misinformation to his sources including the possibility of “agents provocateurs”.

“Could... the information I [had] gathered so far, be the work of agents provocateurs as has been alleged in the current hearing within a hearing at the Boeremag trial in the Gauteng North High Court? Possibly,” he wrote.

“Could I have been manipulated by my sources for their own purposes? Again, quite conceivable.”

Potgieter’s profile photograph has been removed from the website and he writes that “for the past month I had been the target of personal abuse and veiled death threats as a result of my story”.

The article has since been removed from the Daily Maverick website.

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