Tiso Blackstar Group has confirmed the return of Vrye Weekblad - the historic anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper which shut down 25 years ago after revealing the Vlakplaas death squads.
Founding editor Max du Preez is again taking over the helm and is joined by some of the same team members that investigated the apartheid-era government a quarter of a century ago. Former General Lothar Neethling sued the newspaper after it revealed that Neethling supplied toxins to police be used on anti-apartheid activists. The protracted court proceedings led to the publication shutting shop in 1994.
Now Vrye Weekblad will be published in a digital format on a weekly basis. The site is already live (vryeweekblad.com) and you can register now to get updates in the lead-up to the launch.
"It will be unapologetically progressive, cheeky and disrespectful to those who believe they are important. But most of all it will offer news, analysis and opinion of the highest international standard," reads a statement on the launch.
Du Preez says that while it will be published in Afrikaans, it is not only for the Afrikaans community.
"It will speak to all those who want to be challenged by unique insights into the South African story."