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Appeal Decision: Daily Maverick vs Oupa Segalwe - 25 Feb 2020
The respondent was acting on behalf of the Public Protector, for whom he is the official spokesperson. The headline read: “Busisiwe Mkhwebane: How to ruin a Chapter Nine institution in 28 months”. As the headline shows, the content of the article was not complimentary of  the Public Protector; it said, amongst others, that many of Public Protector’s reports were reviewed and
Appeal Decision: Eugenia Kula Ameyaw vs Sunday Times - 25 Feb 2020
The applicant was a board member of the Estate Agency Affairs Board (“EAAB”) at all material times. The first story was published on 3 November 2019, with the headline “Sisulu steps in over realty board ‘staff revolt’ claim” (complaint 6635). The second complaint was in respect of the article published on 15 December 2019, headlined “Estate agency board in
Renaldo Gouws vs News24 - 14 Feb 2020
Finding complaint 4428 Date of article: 21 June 2019 Headline: “Zindzi Mandela taught us all a lesson” Author: Guest Column by Naledi Chirwa Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint from Mr Renaldo Gouws, a written response from Mr George Classen, internal Ombudsman for Media24, further written queries and responses
Lubabalo Mabuyane vs Sunday Times - 12 Feb 2020
It is also based on further documentation provided by both parties and attempts at confirmation of some facts by the Ombudsman. Complaint Mr Sicwetsha, who is the spokesperson for Mr Lubabalo Mabuyane, the Eastern Cape premier, complains that an article in the Sunday Times, headlined “Upgrade Scandal Hits Mabuyane”, as well as an item in the satirical Hogarth column under the s
Appeal Decision: GroundUp vs Joseph Winer - 11 Feb 2020
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Lubabalo Mabuyane vs Mail&Guardian - 03 Feb 2020
It is also based on a written response from the Mail&Guardian, Mr Sicwetsha’s response to that, and further written and verbal consultations between myself, the newspaper and the complainant. Complaint Mr Mabuyane, Premier of the Eastern Cape province, complains about an article in the M&G headlined “Eastern Cape ANC bigwigs in ‘loan’ fracas”. At the t
Ashin Singh vs The Witness - 24 Jan 2020
Finding: Complaint 4361: Date of article: 15 March, 2019 Headline: “Rowdy Racism Ruckus.” Page: 1 Author: Clive Ndou Online: Yes Particulars This ruling is based on a written complaint by Mr Ashin Singh against the Witness, the newspaper’s response, and further arguments by Mr Singh. It is also based on further consultations with bot
Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw vs Sunday Times - 17 Jan 2020
These are: Complaint 6635: “Sisulu steps in over reality board ‘staff revolt’ claim”. (3/11/19) Complaint 7684: “Estate agency board in new scandal” (15/12/19) Complaint 6635 On the first complaint, “Estate agency board in new scandal”, the report details a trip you took to Ghana with an official, at a total cost of R90 0
Duane Vermeulen vs Die Burger - 20 Dec 2019
Finding complaint 4346 Date of article: 30/3/2019 Headline: Skuimkop: Meng jou met die semels… Author: Skuimkop (satirical column) Particulars This ruling is based on a complaint filed by Mr Duane Vermeulen, correspondence with him and with Die Burger’s Theresa Olivier, as well as Die Burger’s editor, Mr Willem Jordaan, and acting sports editor, Mr Pieter
Appeal Decision: City Press vs African National Congress - 18 Dec 2019
The Ruling upheld the complaint by the African National Congress (“ANC/respondent”) against the applicant. The complaint was against the following headline to a story published by the applicant, imputed to the respondent’s Secretary-General, Mr Magashule: “We do not need white votes”. The respondent had no problems with the content of the story, which was based on an
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