By Political Bureau
The "Chikane Files" have rattled the ruling party and government, with some conspiratorially questioning former director-general Frank Chikane's political allegiance.
The series of columns, published in The Star, have led to some in the cabinet discussing whether the government should respond to what some ministers termed "distortions".
A minister told The Star anonymously that the feeling among his colleagues was that Chikane was questioning the integrity of President Jacob Zuma.
A senior government official said some believed that Chikane was part of the wider plot to undermine the ANC ahead of the local government elections and the ruling party's national general council, a mid-term gathering to review the party's programmes and policies.