History[ edit ] The Sunday Times was first published on 4 February as a weekly, sister publication of the Rand Daily Mail which at the time was "standing alone" against its rival Transvaal Leader. It was later changed to "The Paper for the People", a slogan that is still in use today. For the first edition of the paper, published on 4 February , 11, copies were printed and soon sold out, forcing the paper to print an additional copies.
By November the paper sales had risen to 35 In , the former columnist Jani Allan sued the British broadcaster Channel 4 for libel over affair allegations involving her and Eugene Terre'Blanche. Prior to the libel suit, Allan had published articles for the newspaper dismissing the affair allegations. Owen stood in the middle of the newsroom and said: It was reported that Zuma considered legal action against the publication, although it later emerged that an investigation was in fact under way.
On 6 December , official rape charges were filed against Zuma. He would later be acquitted of rape. The two columns, "Stupidity a mitigating circumstance for Zuma", published on 16 April , and "Visit the Zuma website to see what was meant" 7 May were cited by Zuma as defamatory and an "impairment of his dignity". The editor apologised for the column, saying "by publishing him Bullard we were complicit in disseminating his Stone Age philosophies".
The cartoon depicted Jacob Zuma getting ready to rape the Justice System while being assisted by the leaders of various ANC and political factions and parties. Zapiro denied any ambiguity between Jacob Zuma's depiction as a rapist in the cartoon and his earlier rape trial. Lewis Rose Macleod named editor. Joseph Langley Levy, a drama critic and leading cultural figure in Johannesburg, was born in Liverpool, England on 25 May He was editor of the Sunday Times for 32 years, during which circulation rose from 35, to ,, penetrating every province and reaching towns and villages scattered over an area of almost half-a-million square miles.
He died in Johannesburg on 11 May At the time of his death in he was also remembered as a hero of Delville Wood who saved a comrade's life during the epic battle in World War I. Caley named editor — Joel Mervis has been credited as transforming the Sunday Times it into the most widely read and powerful weekly in South Africa during his tenure as editor.
Myburgh resigned as editor of the Sunday Times in September after 15 years. His next role was to be as ambassador to Washington or London. Four days later he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died at home in December of the same year.
Ken Owen named editor. He became the managing director of Times Newspapers Limited and in would be appointed at publisher of the Sunday Times. Mike Robertson was the editor and associate publisher for the Sunday Times during this period.
He used to be the deputy editor, chief assistant editor, assistant editor and political correspondent for the newspaper. In he was dismissed as editor of the Sunday Times. Mondli Makhanya was appointed as editor of Sunday Times. Ray Hartley was the founding editor of daily newspaper The Times in , before taking over the reins as Editor of the Sunday Times in after Makhanya left. During Hartley's tenure as editor, Sunday Times journalists won virtually all the awards on offer, including the prestigious Standard Bank Sivukile and Taco Kuiper awards for investigative journalism.
Phylicia Oppelt became the first female editor of the Sunday Times. Oppelt was the editor of the Daily Dispatch from to , and as editor of Business Times from to In , she was appointed editor of The Times, which had entered the market in June under Hartley's editorship.
He has been with the Daily Dispatch since November , having held many positions at the newspaper — news editor, managing editor, and deputy editor — prior to his appointment as editor in June