JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Tuesday that it noted "with deep concern" that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had again taken the media to task for publishing testimony that had not yet been publicly presented before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
Earlier on Tuesday, Zondo reprimanded the media for publishing the contents of the affidavit of former Bosasa chief operations officer turned whistleblower, Angelo Agrizzi, saying that there was "absolutely no public interest" in revealing the details, which would be made public soon.
Sunday newspapers reported extensively on Agrizzi's affidavit, which revealed that he would implicate high-ranking government officials in allegations of graft.
Zondo said this was in contravention of the commission's regulation 11.
He that there was no public interest in publishing the contents of Agrizzi's affidavit before they were presented to the commission. The nation must know that journalists who did so were not serving the public interest but their own interests and were motivated by a "scoop" or profits, he said.