Johannesburg - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday said that it was alarmed at a statement by the chairperson of the board of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), Professor Alfred Nevhutanda, that the NLC has asked the State Security Agency (SSA) to investigate journalists.
Nevhutanda, who was appearing before Parliament's trade and industry portfolio committee last week, said that the NLC had "recently learnt" that its computers had been hacked and "information about projects since 2001 was in the [United States] US, with a backup in the Western Cape".
Parliament has asked Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to look into the use of the R140 million proactive funds by the NCL following negative media reports.
Nevhutanda said journalists were being paid to write "fake stories" about the misspending by the NLC, with the intention of bringing down the organisation.
This is after a story published in GroundUp -- by freelance journalist, Raymond Joseph, and community newspaper owner and publisher Anton van Zyl -- which exposed alleged multimillion-rand corruption involving NLC grants, as well as the awarding of a Lottery-funded contract to a company of which the brother of a senior NLC official was the sole director.