Monday, December 01, 2003

South Africa: newspaper retracts "aparthied spy" story

Recall those allegations that Bulelani Ngcuka, a big-wig South African prosecutor, was an apartheid era spy ... and how a woman lawyer, now living in London, admitted that she was in fact the agent in question.

Well, late last week, the paper that started it all issued a complete retraction and apology.
... after a full, exhaustive and ongoing investigation by the Hefer Commission, and from information that has surfaced from reluctant witnesses - it has become apparent that the information given to City Press at the time of publication was devoid of truth, contrived and misleading.

... We apologise unreservedly to Ngcuka and his office, the NDPP. (full editorial here)
For more on the story, go here, here and here.