Sunday World journalists subjected to lie detector test amid calls for Mantashe apology

The newspaper says it is subjecting its reporters to a polygraph test, popularly referred to as a lie detector test.

This follows  Gwede Mantashe‘s recent statement in which he alleged that he had paid a R70 000 bribe to two reporters of the newspaper to quash a report that he had an extramarital affair with a student.

Mantashe has since retracted the claim, saying he did not actually pay the money. However, the newspaper is demanding an apology from him saying it has suffered reputational damage.

Sunday World editor Makhudu Sefara explains: Inspite of the inconveniences that we’ll introduce to the production process, we will start it on Friday [the polygraph testing]. There was a meeting between Sanef and the Minister… in that meeting I did make it clear to the Minister that in as much as people might believe that we sell newspapers, the thing that we actually really sell is the integrity of the news process, its the credibility of the newspaper, it is reputation that the newspaper is built on.”

The publication says it has suffered reputation damage due to the claim. Sunday World editor Makhudu Sefara says the damage to credibility not only affects its journalists but the media industry as a whole.

“Mantashe has not provided substance to his claims. There’s an apology that is due to the entire media industry.” said Sefara.