Journalist quits over Ramaphosa article

2012-12-18 11:08

Johannesburg - An Independent Newspapers political editor has resigned following a report in The Star that businessman Cyril Ramaphosa had refused a nomination to be ANC deputy president.

"I had no hand in writing the story," Gaye Davis said on Tuesday.

"I did, however, early on Sunday evening, get confirmation from Mr Ramaphosa that - contrary to what the article was stating - he had accepted and signed his nomination form," she said in a statement sent to Sapa.

Davis was stepping down to "publicly disassociate" herself from The Star's article.

"Ethically, I believe I cannot publicly distance myself from the story while remaining in the employ of Independent Newspapers."

Davis believes resigning is necessary to protect her credibility as a journalist.

She told the writer of the article that Ramaphosa had confirmed he was still in the running, but was told The Star was standing by their story, but that other editors in the group could make their own judgements.

"I communicated with the other morning newspaper editors in the group, who took appropriate action and did not run the story in its original form," Davis said.

Independent Newspapers CEO Tony Howard said he only just learned of the resignation and could not yet comment.

Davis had been group deputy political editor since October 2008.

She said she contacted Ramaphosa and personally informed him of her decision to resign.


  • rofras.rassie - 2012-12-18 11:14

    Good for you. Most Jornos should follow you.

      christopher.laurenz.5 - 2012-12-18 11:22

      Pity politicians don't do like wise.

      jesibelle.krueger - 2012-12-18 11:43

      No rofarseforabrain.rassie - most POLITICIANS and CIVIL SERVANTS should follow. The country is governed- and the state/provinces/municipalities are served by people that are UNEMPLOYABLE. These goons are so stupid and worthless they will never find a job in any first-world country - not even to clean the floors... Here is an example of one of the few SAcans left with the self pride to do the honorable thing - but I guess there is no word for 'honorable' in Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa and alike - SO GO FIGURE..!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:31

      Rofas rassie. Why?.

      Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-12-19 09:11

      Agreed. This does not happen often enough. Journo scum

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-19 10:32

      @jesibelle.krueger, you sound like Jezebel.

  • lucky.lehlaka - 2012-12-18 11:15

    Eish,i dnt know.

  • musawakhe.ngubane - 2012-12-18 11:18

    Journalists are a law unto themselves. Look at what they are reporting: lies and more lies! Bloody counter-revolutionary forces!

      coeniekukkuk - 2012-12-18 12:02

      So you believe all the ANC BS? It would be funny if it wasn't so sad - as most of the other uneducated do likewise.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:32

      Musawakhe.ngubane. it couldn't have taken long to brainwash you.

  • johan.m.pretorius.3 - 2012-12-18 11:21

    If you had nothing to do, why resign?

  • Shamzewaduhaha - 2012-12-18 11:22

    You should have apologized.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-18 11:43

      You should apologize for stealing our oxygen...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:34

      Shamzewaduhaha. You should have thought twice before posting.

      graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-12-19 10:47

      He couldnt think twice before posting - he had used his one thought for the year.

  • afrikeni - 2012-12-18 11:25

    In a party where the candidates avail themselves a few hours before actual voting, this should be a non event!! Should not have resigned!

  • Jabulane Mbhele - 2012-12-18 11:26

    ja this a prove dat media runs their own special agendas targeting ANC, he is stood and worn tht is another powerful anc leader which will take over afta Msholozi .LONG LIVE

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-18 11:30

    Why resign ?? - for heavens sake she has done nothing wrong - IF ONLY THE ANCE CORRUPT POLITICIAN COULD RESIGN then life in SA will be much better off - amazing that the anc does not realise how disliked they are within SA and the rest of the WORLD

      paul.makhudu1 - 2012-12-18 11:47

      not everyone hates the ANC!maybe you,your friends,da and the media.

      mdawini.vodloza - 2012-12-18 13:55

      U mean to say by idiots like you,who are caught in their dream of returning back to apartheid.dream on you white skunk.u will hate ANC till you die.go hang

  • bheki.kamkhize - 2012-12-18 11:40

    Anaska thats your imagination, please read the article maybe you a get the reasons and stop politicking...

  • Fanie - 2012-12-18 11:49

    Is this a question of ethics or timing?... If Ramaphosa had refused to sign the nomination up until midday of Sunday and then (through persuasion)finally appended his signature on the nomination for is it still ethically incorrect to presume that there was a moment of refusal on his part to accept the nomination? Would it not have been sufficient for the Journalist to write another story correcting this anomally seeing that we all do not live in a perfect world?

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-18 11:55

    Not sure if anyone is surprised by all this as we have always been saying that these right wing journalists peddle falsehoods day in day out in the name of press freedom ! They are on a crusade to demonise the black government I wonder what Mondli Makhanya with his Eurocentric views These lying journalists need a law that regulates them to ensure ethical and factual reporting

  • khumalo.lungelo - 2012-12-18 11:55

    Amanga,liars are the case

  • shadrackmandle - 2012-12-18 12:01

    Lies Lies and more Lies... Jonos can get bored, ANC feed them, 18years ago this country was worse than it and from wht am told it wasnt Zuma or ANC running the country befor tht, so who is actually taking this country forward if Jonos lie about their reporting?

  • shadrackmandle - 2012-12-18 12:05

    Those who sees nothing wrong in lies they must be the dumbest of all, the jono said she had no ruling to posting lies, the paper did, feeding lies is an SA papers thing as always, M

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2012-12-18 12:15

    The media, the puppet masters with their strings attached to public opinion... Political parties, the puppet masters with their strings attached to the electorate... *wonders* How long will the internet remain unregulated. The only current regulations I'm aware of are of a technical nature (compatibility/interoperability) and a regulated net means we dine on propaganda fed to us by politicians and the media *shudders*

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-12-18 12:20

    Journalist, Poltical Leadership, Business People, Tax Payers, Sinor Citizins, Ordinary Person who stay in any Country deserve to stay Free And Fair Life. That dicision is good for any Person who did see no Peace in Life. Go Home and stay rest, Enjoy ur Happyness.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-12-18 12:29

    I wonder how many false stories like this have been written and somebody/some journalist just survived to write another story.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 12:30

    WSow, I am sure Ramaphosa was delighted to hear she had resigned. Talk about kissing backsides and he isn't even deputy president yet.

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-12-18 20:05

    Amazing,the newspaper wrote a lie. Yet people seem to be looking for alternative explanations..Which prove the fact that some media houses have a vested agenda

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-18 20:16

    Interesting that IOL is still carrying the story in their Most Viewed - albeit with an 'update' right at the very end of the article. Surely if the story has now been refuted/proven erroneous, it should be pulled?

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-18 20:45

    Check and recheck whatever u did otherwhys u will end up jobless.

  • justin.mettew - 2012-12-19 17:23

    Good riddance to bad rubbish: more should follow.

  • D.Punk79 - 2012-12-20 04:43

    Things are truly heating up at the ANC camp.

  • lindelani.cebekhulu.9 - 2012-12-20 12:36

    what impact does it have to her as Journalist, because if Mr Ramaphosa denies that is for him,Mmmh! something is fishy in here

  • mervyn.cole1 - 2012-12-27 06:41

    A journalist of integrity is needed and I hope Ms Davis gets another job soon. Sadly it is often the people with integrity that end up in the poo and those who should be fired end up smelling of roses

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