Nat Nakasa Awards: Iqbal Surve walks out

The media boss walked out of the ceremony after sacked ex- employee Alide Dasnois received an award.

Independent Newspapers head Iqbal Surve. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has described as unfortunate a decision by Independent Newspapers head Iqbal Surve to walk out of the Nat Nakasa Awards ceremony.

Surve left in protest on Friday evening, when former employee Alide Dasnois received the award for courageous journalism.

Dasnois, who is the former editor of the Cape Times newspaper, was removed from her post last year.

This followed the publication of the Public Protector's findings on then Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Sanef's chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela says, "He could have reacted differently but we respect his decision to walk out, although it did not necessarily affect the occasion. It was not the kind of thing we would have expected from him."