The Sunday Times issued a terse retraction of an article it ran two weeks ago in which it claimed that Transnet, the giant parastatal, had sold of vast swathes of Table Bay to foreign investors. The erroneous nature of the report comes as a major blow to the publication’s credibility — an unfortunate development since the paper has established a reputation for controversial — and indeed courageous — exposés. Getting it wrong on such a massive scale is simply unacceptable. It will need to do some earnest reputation management in the weeks ahead if it wants its investigations to be taken seriously.
Read Chris Moerdyk’s fascinating column on the subject here.