Rex Gibson didn’t hesitate to press apartheid’s buttons


Rex Gibson didn’t hesitate to press apartheid’s buttons

Obituary for one of the most courageous newspaper editors under Nationalist rule

Chris Barron

Rex Gibson, who has died in Hermanus at the age of 88, was the editor of the Sunday Express when it broke one of the biggest stories in the history of SA journalism, and was the last editor of the world-famous Rand Daily Mail.

Under his leadership, the Sunday Express scooped more powerful and better-resourced competitors to reveal how the government of John Vorster stole millions of rand of taxpayers’ money to fund The Citizen newspaper and how thousands of copies of The Citizen were being dumped on a remote farm every day to increase circulation figures.

The investigation that blew open the Information Scandal, also known as Muldergate, after powerful minister of the department of information Connie Mulder, who was at the heart of it, started when Gibson and his star investigative journalist Kitt Katzin met the man who became their Deep Throat in the Clock Bar of the Carlton Hotel...

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