JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 28: SABC journalist Thandeka Gqubule and SOS Coalition coordinator Sekoetlane Phamodi during a press conference to establish a fund on July 28, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. SABC and dismissed ANN7 journalists decided to establish a fund for journalists who face similar situations. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden)
Image: Thandeka Gqubule

Veteran journalist Thandeka Gqubule, one of the “SABC 8” and Professor Anton Harber have taken the matter to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

On 4 April 2018, HuffPost SAposted a video clip of an interview conducted with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in June 2017. The interview was arranged after the screening of the documentary Winnie.

In the video clip, Madikizela-Mandela referred to Gqubule, Harber and Nomavenda Mathiane. She said Gqubule was negatively disposed toward her and that the Weekly Mail, which Harber founded and edited in the 1980s, was “anti-me and anti-ANC”. She then claimed that the Weekly Mail“actually did the job for Stratcom”.

The EFF published a statement on 12 April, condemning the SA National Editors’ Forum’s (Sanef) silence, saying journalists who served on apartheid’s Stratcom still reported in different newsrooms.

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“Sanef’s silence at these revelations indicates its double standard and lack of commitment to ethical journalism. The Stratcom journalists were party to the destruction of lives and mass murder of activists by the apartheid regime,” read parts of the statement.

“A video showing Mama Winnie Mandela naming some of these journalists has long come out, yet Sanef is dead silent.”

Last month, Gqubule gave the EFF one week to prove allegations that she was a spy.

In an interview with Karima Brown on Talk Radio 702 , she revealed that she had obtained declassified documents proving that Stratcom was, in fact, spying on her.

Now Gqubule and Harber have approached the court for relief.

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EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that the party received court papers from Harber and Gqubule.

Ndlozi added that the party filed responding papers and added that it was waiting for a court date.

Harber said he and Gqubule asked the court order the red berets to withdraw the statement from the party’s website and apologise to them.

– News24