I have been following the plagiarism story involving Mafube chief executive Siphokazi Sowazi and I am horrified by Thami Mazwai's response to the scandal.
Mazwai is a doyen of South African journalism but his response to Sowazi's scandalous theft of other people's intellectual property is disappointing.
Mazwai says he hopes Sowazi will learn from this "painful experience" but appears unsure about whether the plagiarism happened.
We might as well talk nicely to everyone accused of corruption and other nefarious activities in both the public and private sectors, urge them never to do it again and plead with them to grow from the experience.
Whatever happened to censure and people taking responsibility for their actions?
Sowazi says Vusi Mona made her do it. It sounds like the late Hansie Cronje saying the devil made him do it when he was accused of taking bribes from bookmakers.
No doubt Mona is controversial, but blaming him for plagiarism he did not commit, but exposed, is taking matters too far.
I won't defend him as far as his threat to shoot Sowazi is concerned. He is capable of doing that himself.
Mazwai and Sowazi should come clean. Did Sowazi do it or not?
Thembalethu Mkhize, Durban