Online article on Survé fake news
INDEPENDENT Media has responded to an online article which attacks its executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé.
In a statement, the media house said that the author of the article in Biznews, Ed Herbst, continues to try to discredit Survé.
“This blatant propaganda is fake news at its best, which cannot be taken seriously by any reasonable person,” the statement read.
Herbst’s article refers 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.
This was despite it being well known that Survé served as a doctor to Madiba and other Robben Island prisoners.
The article also revives previous attacks by other detractors of Survé and his ownership of Independent Media.
“Once again BizNews is running a piece, with flagrant disregard for the facts,” the statement said.
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 a media event in Cape Town on August 3.
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. – Staff Reporter