S. African newspaper apologises for ‘tainted’ scoops

One of South Africa’s leading newspapers admitted Sunday it had run “tainted” scoops during the presidency of Jacob Zuma which turned out to be largely false, but insisted it had been the victim of political manipulation.

“We admit here today that something went wrong in the process of gathering the information and reporting” of several top stories, Sunday Times editor Bongani Siqoko wrote in a column.

“What is clear is that we committed mistakes and allowed ourselves to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives… We apologise.”

Among the stories was an exclusive published in December 2011 about an alleged rogue police unit accused of scores of extrajudicial killings in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The paper said at the time that it had uncovered evidence of a “death squad”…

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