City Press ordered to apologise

2010-12-02 14:04

Cape Town - The Press Ombudsman has ordered City Press to apologise for insinuating that former Sentech chairperson Quraysh Patel breached the Finance Management Act.

In an article published on August 1, City Press reported that Ntumba Incorporated, the auditors of a company owned by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, was at the centre of financial mismanagement and irregular expenditure allegations at state-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech.

"Although the intro to the story says that Ntumba Inc. is at the centre of 'financial mismanagement' (and irregular expenditure), there is no sentence to the effect that Sentech's chairperson or board 'condoned' mismanagement," the Ombudsman said in a ruling.

"However, this is the underlying message of the whole story. City Press is directed to apologise to Patel for stating: 'In a clear breach of the Public Finance Management Act' (as it insinuates that he condoned illegal action) and asked to retract that statement."