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Du Preez resignation hailed as "end of an era"

He no longer wants to be associated with Independent Newspapers after it apologised for a column he wrote.

Max du Preez. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The resignation of veteran journalist Max du Preez from Independent Newspapers is being called the end of an era.

Du Preez says he no longer wants to be associated with the group after it apologised for a column he wrote about President Jacob Zuma.

He maintains his claim that a judge said Zuma was in a corrupt relationship with Schabir Shaik, while Independent Newspapers apologised to the Presidency, saying it was incorrect.

In an angry resignation letter to Independent Newspapers's executive editor Karima Brown, du Preez says he would be betraying his own past if he stayed on at the group.

He also said the group apologised to the Presidency despite knowing he believed his facts were correct.

Gill Moodie, media editor at Grubstreet website, says if du Preez's claims are true and he was never consulted on the apology, to her it's not even a question of decency but a news call.

Du Preez also said media transformation was not about replacing critical voices with African National Congress cadres but about trying to make government more accountable.

Click here to read Du Preez's letter.

(Phumlani Pikoli)

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