Weaver leaves Cape Times

2014-11-27 18:03

Cape Town - Cape Times assistant editor Tony Weaver will be leaving the newspaper on Thursday by agreement, Independent Media said.

Independent's chief of staff Zenariah Barends said the parties had concluded a "mutually beneficial separation agreement" following a number of internal processes, including a disciplinary hearing.

"Independent has out of goodwill agreed that Tony retain all rights to his column, Man Friday, as part of the agreement," she said.

"The company thanks Tony for his contribution and wishes him everything of the best for his future endeavours."

Last month, the Mail & Guardian online reported that Weaver had been charged with unacceptable behaviour after allegedly questioning an attempt to crop Pick n Pay's signage from a photo about a mall robbery.

The Mail & Guardian's unnamed sources claimed that a senior Cape Times editor had wanted to crop the sign because they did not want to lose their business as a major advertiser.

Cape Times editor Gasant Abarder was quoted as saying that the matter was internal and the Labour Relations Act prevented him from commenting.

"Please understand that it’s not that I don’t want to comment; it’s just that I can’t comment."

  • willem.proost - 2014-11-27 19:04

    An other independent mind bites the dust

  • sunblock - 2014-11-27 19:49

    Tony is the good guy here, which means...

  • Gavin Younge - 2014-11-27 19:50

    This is seemingly bizarre - has anyone asked PnP for their opinion? Looked at objectively, photographs of a mall robbery that include background signage of an anchor tenant is almost inevitable. Altogether a shame on the 5th estate that Weaver should lose his job for doing his job - being independent

  • Schalk W Visser - 2014-11-27 21:12

    Go well Tony no more Cape Times for me!

      Jose Fernando Pereira - 2014-11-28 07:32

      ditto, after 47 years

  • Pieter Schoombee - 2014-11-27 21:33

    Who needs a Tribunal? Control the media by getting rid of the pros.

  • ashley.habib - 2014-11-28 07:03

    Shame on you Cape Times- how ironic that you manipulate the very thing you have us all fighting for.......honest reporting and freedom of speech.......just to keep Pick n Pay happy????

  • Nic Davis - 2014-11-28 07:38

    Oh please, what a ridiculous smoke-screen. Tony's axing has little to do with Photoshopping Pick 'n Pay's logo out of a robbery scene. It has everything to do with Iqbal Surve's vendetta against responsible, moral investigative journalism. Tony's struggle credentials are second to none, but that seems to add up to nought in the face of the Zuma onslought to purge the media of journalists with integrity. Shame on you Surve, Zuma, ANC and the Independent Group. Only one head is held high after this embarrassing fiasco. Kudos to you Tony - you hold the moral high ground and the whole country knows it bar a few villains in the cabal. I eagerly await your future books Tony as well as your unencumbered columns elsewhere - enjoy the freedom now boet!!!

      Arlene Brown - 2014-11-28 11:34

      You have it right on the button, Nic!

  • Gavin Brown - 2015-03-16 20:57

    Only 4 weeks of my subscription left to run..... then a 20 year habit will end, easily replaced by mostly free quality online. Can't wait to stop being pissed off every morning!

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