City Press in­ves­ti­ga­tor wins Nat Nakasa Award

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City Press in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Sipho Ma­sondo won the pres­ti­gious Nat Nakasa Award for Me­dia In­tegrity at the SA Na­tional Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Dur­ban last night.

The award is pre­sented to a South African jour­nal­ist who’s re­port­ing cel­e­brates free­dom of speech and me­dia in­tegrity.

Ma­sondo was recog­nised for his work on the Water­gate scan­dal for the past year, dur­ing which he de­clined a to­tal of R3.5 mil­lion of­fered to him in bribes by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the depart­ment of wa­ter af­fairs and san­i­ta­tion, as well as a job that earns in the re­gion of R900 000 a year, if he would drop his in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He was also recog­nised for de­clin­ing a bribe dur­ing his in­ves­ti­ga­tion on miss­ing An­glo Plat­inum mine work­ers’ pen­sion funds, dur­ing which a se­nior of­fi­cial at the in­vest­ment com­pany ap­proached him and told him they could not af­ford for the story to be pub­lished, and told him to “name your price” to make it go away.

Ma­sondo paid a heavy price for his in­tegrity and was faced with threats on his life (see ‘Ben 10’ com­plaint against City Press fails).

Sipho Ma­sondo

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