24 May 2018

South Africa: Reporting On Sexual Abuse - the Most Difficult Journalism of All

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It is terribly difficult to investigate and write about sexual abuse and assault. Steinhoff's Markus Jooste and Christo Wiese doing their opaque financial contortions authorising them to call stealing "doing aggressive business" while gluttonising themselves on more luxury houses and horses, massive cars and half starved wives and girlfriends; the Guptas and their intellectually challenged ministers doing country, boardroom and tender takeovers, in comparison, is a piece of candy.

The Zumas; the Guptas; Tom Moyane and Brian Molefe - to single out some of my favourites - leave, despite their best efforts, their hard currency stained fingerprints all over the timelines of theft and tender fraud and financial and political manipulation. Like Matryoshka dolls one can unpack who did what, when and where and with what authority and whose cover.

Journalists - my people - can almost always find the supporting boardroom decisions. Because it's often contained in minutes; emails; recordings; statements and then you simply, once seeing the cracks, follow the money and track the trajectory.

The point being: when you're "leaked" the Guptas' emails, Wikileaks, Snowden's files, the brown envelopes a la-Rasool days in Cape Town, you get hard stuff typed on...

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