On­line ar­ti­cle on Survé fake news

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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

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