In­de­pen­dent re­sponds to at­tempted hatchet job

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IN­DE­PEN­DENT Me­dia said that the au­thor of an ar­ti­cle in BizNews, Ed Herbst, con­tin­ued to try to dis­credit its ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Iqbal Survé.

“This bla­tant pro­pa­ganda is fake news at its best which can­not be taken se­ri­ously by any rea­son­able per­son,” its state­ment read.

Herbst’s ar­ti­cle re- fers to the fact that Survé is not men­tioned as a doc­tor who treated Nel­son Man­dela in Dr Ve­jay Ram­lakan’s con­tro­ver­sial book, Man­dela’s Last Years, de­spite Survé hav­ing served as a doc­tor to Man­dela and other Robben Is­land pris­on­ers.

The ar­ti­cle also re­vives pre­vi­ous at­tacks by other de­trac­tors on Survé and his own­er­ship of In­de­pen­dent Me­dia.

“Once again BizNews is run­ning a piece, with fla­grant dis­re­gard for the facts,” the state­ment read.

It con­demned the “ob­ses­sion with Dr Survé and his busi­ness in­ter­ests” and asked why any­one would keep search­ing for ev­i­dence of his re­la­tion­ship with Man­dela – the fo­cus of the ar­ti­cle – and then try to con­nect it with an event be­ing ar­ranged by the Daily Mav­er­ick (DM).

Herbst’s ar­ti­cle says it would be in­ter­est­ing to see if Survé “shows up” at the me­dia event in Cape Town on Au­gust 3.

How­ever Survé had ear­lier de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion due to other com­mit­ments, and is not par­tic­i­pat­ing. The DM web­site has been up­dated and does not list him as a speaker. – Daily News Re­porter

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