Johannesburg - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Tuesday that it will institute an independent investigation into issues of editorial integrity and roll out a major training campaign on media ethics for journalists following an apology by the Sunday Times over breaches of editorial standards.
Over the weekend, Sunday Times editor Bongani Siqoko admitted in a column that "something went wrong" in the process of gathering the information and reporting of several top stories the newspaper reported between 2011 and 2014.
Investigative journalists Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter were reportedly fired as a result of a series of stories they wrote about the alleged Cato Manor death squad, Zimbabwe renditions, and the South African Revenue Services "rogue unit", all which were later proven to be false.
"What is clear is that we committed mistakes and allowed ourselves to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives... We apologise," Sigqoko wrote in his column.
Sanef representatives on Tuesday met with the management of Tiso Blackstar, the owners and publishers of the newspaper, and welcomed the apology by the Sunday Times.