If we were played, then we were not alone, says newspaper’s legal editor.
In a recent defence of the Sunday Times investigative unit, the newspaper’s legal editor Susan Smuts sought the consolation of company in their dilemma: “If you claim we were played, then you have to ask that same question of the well-respected journalist Fred Kockott who was short-listed for the Taco Kuiper award in 2010 for his piece about one of the main tenets of the case against Cato Manor, the killing of taxi driver Bongani Mkhize. [It appeared in the Sunday Tribune.] Mkhize went to court to get an interdict stopping the police from killing him, and he was still killed by the Cato Manor unit members…”
The trouble is, he wasn’t killed by members of the Cato Manor unit. But that comes at the end of our story. We need to begin at the beginning.