There’s been another twist in the tale regarding the #Tembisa10 story after Independent Media’s Press Ombudsman determined that Pretoria News Editor Piet Rampedi did not apply the basic principles of journalism to the story which left millions of South Africans scratching their heads.
According to News24, the Ombudsman’s report suggested that the story was published “ill-advised” and has placed the media outlet’s reputation at risk, and the trust factor with its readers has been seriously crippled. The Ombudsman’s report further described the story as a “hoax”.
Executive chairperson Iqbal Survé, who spoke first on the panel, mentioned that the alleged findings of the investigation will be released to the public later on. According to Survé, a series will showcase extensive evidence, from WhatsApp messages to doctors reports.
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The Gauteng Health Department also confirmed that it will be taking legal action against the Independent Media group over the serious allegations made against nurses, doctors and state hospitals with regards to the Tembisa 10.
Gauteng government will be taking legal action against the Independent Media Group pic.twitter.com/uckovxu2xf
— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) October 27, 2021
Meanwhile, the group’s Ombudsman has suggested that the Pretoria News and other IOL titles that published the story issue an apology to all readers with a full explanation of how the story was published in the first place.