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Ed Herbst: Portents of violence and misogyny. Independent ethics?

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Retired journalist Ed Herbst has kept a close finger on the violence that thrust itself on the University of Cape Town’s campus last year. In the piece below, the man at the centre of the firestorm Chumani Maxwele, was well known for his misogyny and penchant for violence before he unleashed it. But as Herbst explains this was deliberately withheld by the Independent Group’s Cape Times title.

Herbst also searched through piles of newspaper clippings and found some unstated irony.

In 2006 Karima Brown, Independent Groups’ current chief content officer condemned the SABC’s censorship: “Under the guise of transformation, the SABC has been all but hijacked by a clique of self-serving government lackeys…” Herbst extends the discussion to include the Alide Dasnois saga, following the article chief executive Iqbal Survé ran in the Cape Times newspaper following an agreement reached in court.

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