THE DEFAMATION MATTER LEVELLED AGAINST FORMER CITY PRESS EDITOR FERIAL HAFFAJEE BY FORMER REPORTERS WAS WITHDRAWN AND WAS NOT HEARD ON THURSDAY AT THE JOHANNESBURG HIGH COURT AS EARLIER REPORTED.
Former City Press editor Ferial Haffajee is set to appear in Johannesburg’s high court on Thursday to face defamation of character charges levelled against her by journalists she worked with.
Four former City Press reporters – Mawande Mvumvu, Khanyiso Tshwaku, Muntu Vilakazi and Denvor de Wee – first took their case of defamation against Haffajee to court in January 2014.
The complaint goes back to October 2013, when Haffajee went on leave after she sent a letter to staff in which she said she would not “walk on eggshells or edit around false perceptions and real racism”.
The letter went viral on social media and the newspaper’s management announced that there would be an internal probe into allegations of racism.
Haffajee had also tweeted about alleged racism in the City Press newsroom.
“I don’t tolerate white racists, so what makes black racists any different? Today, I drew a line in that sand. Two sides: one awful coin,” she tweeted at the time.
“For that is what I saw yesterday! Real racism at work. Destructiveness and cultural superiority.
“I will have none of it. I will not work with racists,” she wrote.
All four former City Press reporters accuse Haffajee of defaming them by calling them racists. They are demanding R3 million each in the defamation suit against Haffajee and Media24, which owns City Press.
– African News Agency (ANA)