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‘Fake news’ about Molefe
Eskom national spokesman Khulu Phasiwe writes: "It was apparent from the article "From Saxonwold shebeen to MP" (January 29), that you either did not know the context in which former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe cited the Saxonwold shebeen story, or you are good at twisting stories — both of which are key ingredients of the "fake news" phenomenon.
Mr Molefe never said he had visited the Saxonwold shebeen. He was merely repeating a colleague’s story. On learning of the public protector’s report that Mr Molefe had been in Saxonwold 19 times between August and November 2015, the colleague said this was nothing compared to his frequent trips to the area. The colleague said he went to Saxonwold every weekend. Asked by Mr Molefe what he was doing there, the colleague said he was at a shebeen. It was in this context that Mr Molefe said the public protector did not give his exact location in Saxonwold, so Mr Molefe could have been anywhere in that area, including a shebeen. Implied in Mr Molefe’s message is that being in Saxonwold does not necessarily mean that one is visiting the Guptas.
As if this was not enough, the Sunday Times wrote that "Molefe disputed [former public protector Thuli] Madonsela’s findings". Madonsela did not make any findings. She made "observations", and recommended that a commission of inquiry be established to get to the bottom of the matter. It’s worrying that you got information that is common knowledge to journalists and observers following this matter wrong. If you can’t get the obvious right, one wonders if the alleged plan to move Mr Molefe to parliament is just one of those fake news items that we’ve become accustomed to."
Sunday Times