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Appeal Hearing Decision: Koko Matshela Jeremiah vs News24 - 04 Apr 2022
In his Ruling, the Deputy Press Ombud dismissed the appellant’s complaint against News24 (respondent) in its entirety. The appellant had lodged a complaint against the respondent in respect of an article published by the latter on 25 October 2021 with the headline “Matshela Koko’s alleged cooking of Eskom’s books: 5 things you need to know.” The appellant worked
Conrad Gallagher and The Chefs Playground vs News24 - 29 Mar 2022
21 March 2022 Finding: Complaint 9375 Date of publication:  20 November 2021 Headline: Cook or crook? The celebrity chef from Gqeberha, the Saudi crown prince and R500 000 wagyu steaks Author: Samantha Herbst Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint by Mr Jerome Levitz of Fluxmans Inc on behalf of Mr Conrad Gallagher and The Chefs Playground, to
Request for Adjudication: Kavi Pillay vs Daily Maverick - 03 Mar 2022
He did not specify which particular clause or clauses of the Press Code he believes the article contravenes. 1. Summary of text 1.1. The subject of the article is a recent claim by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe that a “foreign-funded” campaign is being conducted to destabilise his Department’s work and to damage his relationship with President Cyril
Gemfields Ltd and Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada vs The Continent and Mail & Guardian - 14 Feb 2022
  Complaint 9294                                                              
Appeal Decision: Hasina Kathrada vs TimesLive - 01 Feb 2022
It was a ruling dismissing the applicant’s complaint against TimesLive (respondent) based on an article published by the respondent on 29 September 2021, with the headline “Mkhize’s Associates Mather and Mitha ‘tried to duck Digital Vibes SIU probe’.” The sub-headline read “Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha used Digital Vibes as a ‘front’ to hid
Appeal Decision: Matshela Koko vs News24 - 24 Jan 2022
The headline read: “Matshela Koko’s alleged cooking of Eskom’s books: 5 things you need to know”. The applicant argued that the article was in breach of clauses 1.1, 1.3 and 1.7 of the Press Code. It appeared the applicant was appointed Group Chief Executive Generation and Technology early 2016 and later Acting Group Chief Executive in December 2016 towards the end of that
Request to reopen case - Sedzani Mudau vs City Press - 13 Jan 2022
She argued that this article was in violation of clauses 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 3.3 of the Press Code. When Mudau did not contact the Public Advocate for several months, he tacitly withdrew the case. The complainant then lodged an appeal against this decision. This finding does not interrogate the merits of Mudau’s complaint against City Press. It is confined to the Public Advocate&r
Appeal Decision: Prince Mangosuthu vs City Press - 13 Jan 2022
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (applicant) lodged a complaint against City Press (respondent) objecting against what appeared in the “Siyahleba” column of the 25 July 2021 edition of the respondent. The sub-headline was “Moses my mentor”. The content reflected some adverse comments by the public, poking fun, in the process, of the applicant’s assertion that he was a pers
Appeal Decision: Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi vs City Press - 13 Jan 2022
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (applicant) brings an application for leave to appeal the Ruling by the Acting Ombud dated 7 September 2021. It was a decision on the complaint the applicant had brought against City Press (respondent). The complaint was against an article published by the respondent on 25 July 2021 with the headline “Another Inferno in the Making”. The article was about the
Appeal Decision: Inkatha Freedom Party vs City Press - 13 Jan 2022
The applicant is Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP); the respondent is City Press. The applicant applies for leave to appeal the Ruling by the Acting Ombud dated 7 September 2021. The Ruling was on a complaint lodged by the applicant in respect of an article published by the respondent on 25 July 2021 with the headline “Another Inferno in the Making”. The article was about the upheaval and vi
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