In Search Of Stratcom Journalists

By Akuba Mokoena

IN the wake of Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s death, South Africans revisited the Truth & Reconciliation Report into the role of journalism during apartheid, prompted mainly by a documentary “Winnie” in which apartheid’s Covert Strategic Communications (Stratcom) director, Vic Macpherson revealed that the apartheid-era disinformation campaign was targeted at vilifying the liberation movement in general, and Madikizela-Mandela in particular. He also mentioned that there were 40 journalists on Stratcom’s payroll, prompting a public frenzy for the names of these journalists. It emerged that their names were classified.

The TRC report into

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