For Piet’s sake don’t apologise, you get 10/10 for your Ramped(i) up story
Piet Rampedi’s naivety helped give birth to the mother of all fake news stories
Former journalist Piet Rampedi, the proud daddy of SA’s most high-profile fake news fiasco, has apologised for doubling down before decupleting from reality entirely and finally blaming his own negligence and gullibility on a shadowy conspiracy by the state. I really wish he hadn’t.
On Tuesday evening, the carefully-worded notapology was revealed by News24, after Independent Media’s editor-in-chief, Aneez Salie, opted to stay silent on the issue.
Personally, I found this a genuinely shocking twist: I had no idea that Independent had an editor-in-chief, and had always assumed its content was selected by Iqbal Surve, firing champagne corks at a large rotating wheel on which were scribbled things like “Go Team NDZ!” and “Mom packs Savannah into daughter’s school lunch!”..