Cape Town - Sunday Times editor Bongani Siqoko admitted on Sunday that they "allowed ourselves to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives" when reporting on the Cato Manor "death squad", Sars "rogue unit" and Zimbabwean renditions stories.
"... (We) admit here today that something went wrong in the process of gathering the information and reporting the Cato Manor, Sars and Zimbabwean renditions stories. This is after we engaged constructively with all key parties involved in the stories.
"What is clear is that we committed mistakes and allowed ourselves to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives," Siqoko said in a column on Sunday.
The apology comes after forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan earlier this week piled pressure on Tiso Blackstar, which he believes helped ensure state capture.
O'Sullivan demanded the Sunday Times provide an unequivocal retraction of all three "fake news stories" and an admission that its journalists and editorial team were captured and played a significant role in state capture.