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SanefANA reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Friday appointed an independent auditor to investigate an alleged R100,000 donation claimed to have been paid by Bosasa Operations to a campaign for the so-called SABC8.  

The SABC8 were journalists who were suspended for speaking out against censorship of protest footage by the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).  It was reported last week that Bosasa - now known as African Global Operations -- appeared to have paid the money in 2016 towards a crowdfunding campaign to help the journalists with their legal fees.  The allegation emerged from the testimony of Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture.  Even though Sanef on Wednesday denied any donation from Bosasa to the SABC8 and it could not find any evidence to support this in its our own investigation, it added on Friday that it felt it necessary to set out the facts and its position in greater detail.  "As such we have now called upon an Independent auditing firm (name to be released in due course) to conduct a full introspection of the account for purpose of transparency. We will publish the findings in full when completed," it said in a statement.

  • Read ANA’s original report in this regard in full at Independent News
  • Read Sanef’s press statement in this regard at Sanef News

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