Independent Media chair Iqbal Survé dismissed claims that the group, which includes titles The Star and Cape Argus, has compromised its editorial independence and alleged that deputy finance minister Mondli Gungubele has a vendetta against it.

This emerged from Survé’s second day of testimony at the commission of inquiry into affairs of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), chaired by retired judge Lex Mpati. “I wrote a letter to all our editors to tell them to remain independent and not take sides. Don’t get involved in factional battles inside the ANC ... They want Independent Media to take sides. The editors can tell you themselves. The day we no longer have objectivity, our business is gone,” Survé said stated in response to a question from commissioner Emmanuel Lediga. Survé also alleged that deputy finance minister, Mondli Gungubele, is out to destroy Sekunjalo (his family’s investment holding company), and the Independent Group because the latter is so editorially in...

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