Seasoned journalist Max du Preez has cut ties with Independent Newspapers.
This comes after the media group apologised to the presidency for a column Du Preez wrote, despite the columnist’s providing proof of the accuracy of a contentious statement in the piece.
Du Preez wrote last month about Zuma and his corrupt relation with his then financial broker, Schabir Shaik, describing Zuma as “South Africa’s wrecking ball”.
The column – criticised by the presidency, particularly because of the reference to the president’s relationship with Shaik – balked at Zuma’s “demolition of democracy”.
After the presidency complained, saying the piece “smacks of racism” and that it was not offered a right to reply, Independent Newspapers apologised – to Du Preez’s surprise.
– Graeme Hosken
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