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Appeal Decision: Prof Abiodun Olukoga vs City Press - 30 Sep 2022
The applicant had lodged a complaint against City Press (respondent) in respect of an article published on 6 June 2021 headlined “Former University of Venda Professor seeks justice seven years after his dismissal”. Amongst others, the applicant complained that the publication was without his knowledge and consent and that he was not contacted for his views. In response to the com
Jabulile P Hlatshwayo and Others vs City Press - 30 Sep 2022
29 September 2022 Finding: Complaint 9505 Dates of publication: 15, 20, 23 & 30 March 2022; 11 & 26 April 2022 Headlines: Forensic report recommends criminal charges be laid against ANC bigwig ANC councillor bulldozed officials to approve tenderpreneur’s invoices Investigators propose a review of the recruitment of trainee traffic officers in E
Avantgarde Development (Pty) Ltd vs Sunday Times and TimesLive - 30 Aug 2022
The company is represented in the proceedings by Craig Delport from CD Attorneys. The respondent is indicated as Arena Holdings. However, the publications concerned are Sunday Times and TimesLive. Susan Smuts answered on behalf of the publications. Background Sunday Times carried a story in print and online about an upmarket property development to be located in Bree Street
Roux vs News24 - 30 Aug 2022
Complaint 9507                                                                                                Ruling by the Press Ombud Date of artic
Gayton McKenzie vs News24 - 26 Aug 2022
25 August 2022 Finding: Complaint 9563 Date of publication: 11 July 2022 Headline: Gayton McKenzie admits his plans for Central Karoo not approved by council Author: Marvin Charles Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint by Patriotic Alliance (PA) national spokesperson Mr Charles Cilliers on behalf of PA leader Mr Gayton McKenzie, a written response
National Arts Council vs The Citizen - 17 Aug 2022
  Complaint 9532 Ruling by the Press Ombud Date of articles:                     23 May 2022 (print), 20 May 2022 (online) Headline of publications:     ‘CEO’s secret deal with council’ (print)  ‘Laptop, cellphon
Marius and Annet Pistorius vs News24 - 03 Aug 2022
Finding: Complaint 9517 Date of publication: 13 May 2022 Headline: The Melkbos Monster: Unmasking a ‘toddler rapist’ Authors: Tammy Petersen and Deon Wigget Particulars This finding is based on a joint written complaint by Mr Marius Pistorius and his wife Ms Annet Pistorius, with a number of annexures, a written response by Mr Charl du Plessis of Willem de K
Appeal Decision: Leonard Ramatlakane vs Sunday Times/TimesLive - 01 Aug 2022
The Ruling dismissed applicant’s complaint against the Sunday Times/TimesLive (respondent) in respect of an article that was published by the respondent on 20 February 2022, with the headline: “Mbalula accused Prasa board chair of self-enrichment scheme.” In his Ruling, the Deputy Ombud correctly stated that the complaint was that the respondent breached Clause 1.8 of the C
Appeal Decision: News24 vs Jurie Roux - 07 Jul 2022
News24 (applicant) seeks leave to appeal the Decision of the Deputy Ombud, dated 16 May 2022, which set aside the Decision of the Public Advocate refusing to accept a complaint by Mr Jurie Roux (respondent) for the reason that it was filed out of time. The complaint was lodged 10 days after the prescribed period of 20 working days. The Public Advocate found that no reasonable explanation was given
Appeal Decision: News24 vs Jurie Roux - 07 Jul 2022
The complaint was lodged 10 days after the prescribed period of 20 working days. The Public Advocate found that no reasonable explanation was given for the delay.  It is not necessary to deal with the explanation for the purpose of this my Decision. The article complained about was published on 14 March 2022 with the headline “Has Jurie Roux captured SA Rugby?” and the complaint w
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