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Appeal Hearing Decision: Jerome Mthembu vs News24 - 24 Nov 2021
It was a Ruling on a complaint that was filed by the appellant against News24 (respondent). The complaint was against three articles published by the respondent on 28 May 2021 (first article), 29 May 2021 (second article) and 5 June 2021 (third article). The articles complained of Regarding article 1: The part of the first article the appellant complained about was the following: &ldqu
Appeal Hearing Decision: SAAPA vs Sunday Times - 01 Nov 2021
We are grateful to them for their comprehensive and thoughtful heads of argument and for their oral submissions. SAAPA lodged a complaint with the Press Council about a spread of three articles that was published on Page 7 of the Sunday Times on the 14th of February 2021. The headlines read ‘How South Africans defied the booze ban’, ‘Alcohol industry counts lockdown los
DA and John Steenhuisen vs Sunday Times and TimesLive - 28 Oct 2021
Finding: Complaint 9305 Date of publication: October 10 2021 Headline: Phoenix posters a symptom of diversity mismanaged Author: Makhudu Sefara Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint by Ms Elzanne Jonker of Minde, Shapiro & Smith Inc on behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its leader, Mr John Steenhuisen; a media report and a television
National Lotteries Commission vs GroundUp - 15 Oct 2021
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Mawela Nombasa vs News24 - 11 Oct 2021
The story was published on 22 May 2021. The substance of the story was that the complainant was paid by one France Hlakudi, then an employee of Eskom, for some chicken which the complainant was rearing; for their feed as well. The fundamental problem with the money Mr Hlakudi used to pay complainant was that it was allegedly received by him as so-called “kickbacks” from Eskom’s c
Prof Shabir Moosa v SA Jewish Report (SAJR) - 07 Oct 2021
Complaint 8974 Date of article: 03/06/2021 Complainant: Prof Shabir Moosa Respondent: SA Jewish Report Headline: “Professor of Propaganda” Author: Howard Sackstein Particulars This complaint was initially rejected by the Public Advocate as he found the article was clearly marked as an opinion piece, as opposed to a factual news report,
Appeal Decision: Daily Maverick vs Nokulinda Mkhize - 01 Oct 2021
The essence of the story was that friends and family of the then Minister of Health, Dr Z L Mkhize, benefitted from contracts relating to the Covid 19 pandemic. The story suggested that the people benefited as a result of Dr Mkhize’s influence, as a result of which they scored some lucrative contracts. Respondent is the daughter of Dr Mkhize. It is notoriously difficult to describe a c
Appeal Decision: Mthembu Sibongiseni Jerome vs News24 - 30 Sep 2021
The Ruling was on a complaint launched by the applicant against News24 (respondent). The complaint was on three articles which had been published by the respondent about the applicant. The essence of the articles was that the applicant, then head of Eskom’s legal department, acting together with one Solly Ratshitangane, terminated Eskom’s mandate to Bowmans Attorneys to investigate dea
Appeal Decision: Tim Edwards vs YOU, Huisgenoot and News24 - 29 Sep 2021
In the matter between: Tim Edwards                                                           
Sorisha Naidoo vs. Daily Maverick - 09 Sep 2021
Particulars  Complaint number: 9033 Lodged by: Nike Pillay Inc Date of article: 28 July 2021 Headline: Tarina Patel, Sorisha Naidoo and Nonkanyiso Conco – The Real Housewives of State Capture Print and online: Yes Author of article: Rebecca Davids Respondent: Jillian Green, managing editor Complaint            &n
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