Roxanne Joseph said in a statement that she is "fully committed to this with the organizers" of the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) and Global Investigative Journalism Conference.
"The work that is showcased at these conferences is tremendously important, and I do not want to tarnish or jeopardize that."
Joseph said she was diagnosed with a serious mental illness in 2016.
"This diagnosis follows a long period of lies and read on my part: I faked an illness, and betrayed a number of people doing so," she said.
Not for financial gain
"The decisions I made and the actions I took during this time ̵
" I have caused people, both personally and professionally. I did not try and defend or justify what I did, and I did not pretense that anything I say.
"I have, for the past few years, tried my best to give the people I hurt to feel anger, hurt and disdain; this is just their right, and I will continue to respect that."
 Joseph said she had worked very hard in her personal and professional lives to move forward since then
"I can, and have, received extensive psychiatric treatment and therapy.
Joseph began receiving psychiatric treatment shortly after returning to her family
"I still take medication and receive therapy, in various different forms."
"I am a journalist, and I am aware that it is a result of the ethical judgment placed." on my shoulders are extremely high fter my diagnosis, I have applied the principles that drive good journalism. Fairness, honesty, transparency. "
Franz Kruger, head of the Wits journalism department – which organizes the AIJC, told Wits Vuvuzela that they did not release a statement to accept
Anton Harber, Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Wits, told the publication that while inexcusable, mental illness could happen to anyone.
Withdrawing from the list of
"There are a lot of people hurting in this terrible incident so I would be very cautious of simple ethical points of view," he said.
– Compiled by Jenna Etheridge