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Gravitate MVC and David Mortimer vs Sunday World - 02 Dec 2020
Finding Complaint 8250 Date of Article: 19/7/20 (print)/ 21/7/20 (online) Headline: TV presenter kicks up a BEE fronting storm (print)/ Thabang Masanabo in BEE fronting storm (online) Author: Aubrey Mothombeni Page: Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint from Adv Lesetja Malope who represented Mr Mortimer and Gravitate, a written respons
Maj-Gen Lesley Ford vs Mail&Guardian - 24 Nov 2020
Complaint 8392 Decision to adjudicate Headline:  ‘SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use’ Author: Sabelo Skiti Publication date: 27/10/20 Particulars Maj-General Leslie Ford complains of an article in the Mail& Guardian under the headline above. He complains that his name and rank are mentioned in the article y
Mbulelo Ngxabane vs Daily Dispatch - 13 Nov 2020
Moreover, he says the reporter was “conflicted with a source of information.” Text The article says a senior IT official at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, Mr Mbulelo Ngxabane, allegedly lied on his CV about his academic qualifications. It reported that he had said he had a diploma and B-Tech, as well as a Masters degree in IT. “But an internal investigation fou
Corlandi Bezuidenhout and Meraki vs Stellenbosch News - 11 Nov 2020
Finding Complaint 8208 Date of article: 24 June 2020 Headline: Restaurantwerkers sukkel om kop bo water te hou Author: Danie Keet Online:  Yes Particulars This finding is based on written submissions by Ms Megan Ross, an attorney from Nicqui Galaktiou Inc, representing Ms Bezuidenhout, and written responses from the publisher of the Stellenbosch News,
Ms Khutso Ramafalo and Mr Nqaba Timothy Makhanya vs City Press - 27 Oct 2020
Finding: Complaint number 7905 Date of article: 12 May, 2020 Headline: Soweto residents go hungry: ‘We are living from hand to mouth’; Strap: “The multi-tiered web of food distribution channels gives leeway to opportunists looking to make a quick buck or fend only for themselves and their network.” Author: Ntombizodwa Makhoba Page:  6 O
Appeal Decision: Nova Property Holdings vs Moneyweb7795 - 15 Oct 2020
The complaint is in connection with an article the respondent published on 4 March 2020. Mr Connie Myburgh filed the complaint on behalf of the respondent. In his complaint letter, Mr Myburgh says the heading of the article, published on the respondents Website Platform, was “Irba reports Nova to SARS and CIPC”. The sub-head was “Sharemax rescue vehicle to be investigated for pos
Appeal Decision: Nova Property Holdings vs Moneyweb 7804 - 15 Oct 2020
Applicant seeks leave to appeal the Ombud’s Ruling dated 21 August 2020 on applicant’s complaint against the respondent in respect of an article published on 5 March 2020. Out of that article, Mr Myburgh, the respondent’s chairperson, extracted ten (10) complaints. The complaints relate to a story which was about a company known as Orthotouch, and not the applicant, although, in
Appeal Decision: Nova Property Holdings and Moneyweb 7792 - 15 Oct 2020
The dates of publication in some complaints are common, so too the headlines. For a good measure, I restate the Ombud’s summary of the complaints in his Ruling of 21 August 2020: “The gist of Nova’s complaint is that the sub-headline and the article falsely and maliciously stated that: it was ‘… to be investigated for possible transgressions of tax le
Appeal Decision: Kruger Anton vs The Village News and Hermanus Times - 13 Oct 2020
The complaints related to the articles published by the respondents and which dealt with the same issue; namely, a report by an independent investigator, Adv Pieter-Schalk Botha, which cleared the Municipal Manager, Mr Coenraad Groenewald, of allegations of misconduct. In her Ruling dated 4 September 2020, the Ombud dealt with the two complaints as one: “These two complaints are closely rela
Appeal Decision: Nova Property Holdings and Moneyweb - 12 Oct 2020
The applicant had in effect filed a total of some six complaints, which were inter-related. The first group of complaints, four in number, are directly rooted in an article published on 17 March 2020. Then there are three complaints, referenced by the office of the Press Ombud as complaints 7792, 7795 and 7804. The applicant says that the 17 March 2020 article provided the reader with a link to th
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