LISTEN | Alide Dasnois & Chris Whitfield discuss 'Paper Tiger'

19 November 2019 - 10:50
Iqbal Surve, CEO of Sekunjalo Group, which owns Independent Media.
Iqbal Surve, CEO of Sekunjalo Group, which owns Independent Media.
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When Iqbal Survé fired Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois the day after Nelson Mandela died, amid accusations of disrespect towards the statesman, a storm engulfed Independent Media.

Many pointed to a Cape Times story about one of Survé’s firms as the real reason for his ire.

In the months that followed, newsrooms were torn apart by suspicion, recrimination and what many believed was a witch-hunt to expel those not prepared to toady to the owner.

Veteran journalists Dasnois and Chris Whitfield tell the inside story:

About the authors

Dasnois is the former editor of the Cape Times and Business Report. She has a master's degree in development economics from the Sorbonne University in France and is part­-time associate editor at GroundUp news agency in Cape Town.

Seasoned journalist Whitfield is the former editor of the Cape Times, Cape Argus and Weekend Argus, and the former editor-­in-chief of Independent Media Cape. His first book was On Your Bike: Tips & trails for MTB riders.