'Cape Times' editor sacked

Staff were informed via email that editor Alide Dasnois had been fired from her post.

Staff were informed via email their editor Alide Dasnois had been fired from her post.

CAPE TOWN - It's still unclear why Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois has been removed from her post, but she is now seeking legal advice.

Staff at the publication, owned by Independent Newspapers, were informed by email on Sunday night that they would have a new editor.

Dasnois is not discussing her axing, except to say she is seeking legal advice.

Shocked staff say they were informed on Sunday that Dasnois was informed on Friday by Sekunjalo Consortium executive chairperson Dr Iqbal Surve.

The consortium is the controlling shareholder of Independent Newspapers, the biggest English-language newspaper group in the country.

Reasons for Dasnois's summary replacement are unclear.

But there's speculation it has to do with coverage of the outcome of the Public Protector's probe into a contract for fisheries research and patrol vessels awarded to another Sekunjalo Consortium, but later withdrawn.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted improperly with regard to the tender, although she did not find there had been any collusion with the bid.