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Daily Sun apologises to Malema

2011-04-01 10:05

Johannesburg - The Daily Sun on Friday became the second newspaper to apologise to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema on its front page for misquoting him.

"The fact that it turned out to be wrong is a matter of great regret to us," said publisher Deon du Plessis, in an apology headlined, "SunSays: We're sorry!"

"It was an honest mistake. But we take this first opportunity to apologise to President [Jacob] Zuma, Julius Malema and the ANC Youth League for any embarrassment that our story may have caused."

On Thursday, the Daily Sun published a story quoting the youth league as saying Malema was misquoted, but did not offer an apology then.

Star apology

The Star newspaper apologised on Thursday, saying: "We quoted Malema as saying: 'Since he got into power, comrade Zuma has been surrounded by bad advisers'.

"We have been able to verify that Malema... had not referred to President Jacob Zuma.

"The Star regrets the error and unreservedly apologises to Malema for whatever embarrassment it caused."

Both The Star and the Daily Sun blamed African Eye News Service (AENS), who supplied the story, while AENS editor Sharon Hammond blamed the journalist, Matome Sebelemetja, saying he had initially said he had notes of Malema's comments, but failed to produce the notes.

Sebelemetja, however, has said his original report did not contain the contentious quote. Hammond said it was later dictated to sub-editors over the phone.

Sebelemetja told Sapa he was seeking legal advice.

Newspapers criticised

Both the African National Congress and its youth league have harshly criticised the newspapers, demanding to know what went wrong and repeating their arguments that the Press Ombudsman could not offer strong enough punitive measures for such mistakes.

The ruling party has in the past called for a Media Appeals Tribunal for print media.

The Star said on Thursday that the ANC "must feel free to lodge a complaint with the Press Ombudsman, with whom we would co-operate".

"As to what really happened, and how the misquote in the report came about, we ourselves would like to know," The Star said.

If the report were to be true, it could have landed Malema into serious trouble with the ruling party.

Last May, Malema had to make a public apology to Zuma after criticising him in public.

An ANC disciplinary committee warned him that, should he be found guilty of contravening rule 25.5 (i) of the ANC constitution within the next two years, his membership would be summarily suspended.

Comments
  • Monde - 2011-04-01 10:09

    'Since he got into power, comrade Zuma has been surrounded by bad advisers'. does it really matter, it is a fact man!

      gizzy - 2011-04-01 10:33

      That would have been one time I would have agreed with him!!!!

      ManOTMoment - 2011-04-01 11:49

      Russian president: We were the first people in space American president: We were the first people to land on the moon Zuma: We will be the first people to land on the sun Amer & Russ pres. That’s impossible it’s too hot Malema: Don’t be stupeeed we are going at night.

      Howzitekse - 2011-04-01 12:21

      SA newspapers are Malema-verskrik.

      emzozo.. - 2011-04-01 12:31

      The Media has been doing this for years , writting report abt how bad our country is , starting unneccesary romours , like Zuma and Mbheki saga, Malema intimidating provincial leaders for tenders, ANC giving their comrades tenders, how Hellen is a doing "GOOD" in Cape Town. LOT of this biased and unresearched info. ITS TIME THEY MUST BE REGULATED BY THE GOVEMENT. They must take resposibility for their actions and be accountable to the country.

      Kent007 - 2011-04-01 16:46

      @emzozo..The goverment can not even relugate itself, never mind the media

      Rapier - 2011-04-02 09:41

      On 702 THIS morning, a sound clip was aired of Malema actually saying what was ORIGINALLY reported - i.e. the criticism of Zuma's stance on Gadaffi and the "No Fly" zone - so the first reporter WAS correct, and the ANC is in truth, the one that got ITS facts wrong. It should be very "ember-assing" for the ANC, as they said that they would expel Mal-enema if he transgressed party policy again. What can they say to this loose cannon now? He should start his OWN party.....surprisingly, such a party may actually be very popular, as he is talking to a highly revolutionary, outspoken and volatile young constituency, and the ANC itself, if it were totally honest, would admit that they are running scared from the real voting power that he does carry. Watch what happens in the upcoming Municipal elections. Together with the inroads the DA is going to make, there may be a very high "stay-away" vote. Which, ironically, plays straight into the hands of the DA!

  • Opinionated - 2011-04-01 10:16

    It is actually pretty funny to see how all these newpapers who are apologising to Malema are actually making a mockery of it all at the same time and in the end Malema is really just ending up looking like more of an idiot that he did initially. Shame shame. "oh no, when i said Comrade Zuma, I meant the other comrade Zuma, the Comrade Zuma that only i know about, not THE Comrade Zuma" Um, Yeah, right, whatever. They're all REAL sorry they got you confused Malema. Twat.

      gizzy - 2011-04-01 10:34

      I like the apology appearing on April fool's day!

      Opinionated - 2011-04-01 11:31

      Lol Gizzy, yeah, too funny :)

  • Frank - 2011-04-01 10:17

    How can anything Said be incorrect, Everyone knows who He was referring to. Come on, are we so stupid. As to believe a lie? I guess so! Now do not go and say I said you were stupid. I was not meaning you!!!! I was talking about someone else.... lol rofl

  • MOTEK-XX - 2011-04-01 10:18

    yeah, everyone gets to apologise to the poor hard done-by Julius Malema, my question is, when last did he apologise for the defamatory statements and insults? Bloody ridiculous !

  • dawiej - 2011-04-01 10:18

    Anc dont believe in facts that make them look bad

  • Lucror - 2011-04-01 10:19

    I hope that Malema, take note that when reports are printed and it is wrong then apologies are extended and that he in future will also do the same.

      IandI - 2011-04-01 10:43

      He has not apologised for his stupidity yet. Maybe he is too stoopid to realise that he is stoopid.

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-01 10:20

    Malema. My apologies, you are stuffing up our country. I hope it went something like that.

  • wduv - 2011-04-01 10:23

    Every day is April Fools day in Malema-world!

  • Antjacko@24.com - 2011-04-01 10:29

    If you Google "April Fools Day" you'll see Malema's face pop up under images!

  • henkmaritz007 - 2011-04-01 10:30

    was the reporter that "misquoted" a racist? oh no, wait, he wasn't white....

  • Chris - 2011-04-01 10:34

    OK, so whom was he referring to then? Is it another case of "taken out of context"?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-01 10:38

    APRIL FOOL !!! The daily Sun is NOT a newspaper but a cheap,sensationilising tabloid.

      Catsandra - 2011-04-01 11:24

      Daily Sun is the only NEWSPAPER in this country that takes bad governance on HEAD-ON! Forward with the true people's paper!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-01 12:19

      Ain't this the paper with headlines like: Tokloshe steals Police van. Drunk Goat predicts Lotto numbers and...well, You get the idea...? Maybe, you're talking abt the Daily Times..

      Catsandra - 2011-04-01 13:15

      No, I think maybe you're thinking of a different rag. There has NEVER been headlines saying that in the Daily Sun, I just did an archive search and they don't exist.

      wellness center - 2011-04-01 22:34

      Ain't this the paper with headlines like: Tokloshe steals Police van. Drunk Goat predicts Lotto numbers and...well, You get the idea...? Maybe, you're talking abt the Daily Times.. kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa @currie you are the flippin future;D *DEAD ON THE FLOOR*

      Rapier - 2011-04-02 09:51

      Egg on YOUR face - the MAL-ENEMA sound clip was aired on 702 this morning - so the original report WAS true...... :-)

  • Louis III - 2011-04-01 10:43

    Ummmmm, so who IS this comrade Zuma then? And which OTHER Zuma came into power? Maybe a bit of foot-in-mouth disease comrade Malema?

  • onetickie - 2011-04-01 11:03

    Since the zooma got into power his and his cronies have all squandered the country's resources. They are a bunch of illiterate arseholes who have absolutely no interest in the country. They would not take taken these positions if they were doing it out of the 'kindness of their hearts and interest in the country & its people'. They are in their positions purely for the greedy monetary power the give themselves.

  • Clive - 2011-04-01 11:03

    HAHA. APRIL FOOLS

  • Bosmonster - 2011-04-01 11:13

    And they will send a delegation to apologise next week. Wha ha ha ha

  • Catsandra - 2011-04-01 11:22

    Oh what a farce! I have heard from a personal friend who attended the meeting for work reasons that Malema DID utter those words about bad advisers. Also, why would a seasoned, senior freelance journalist suddenly change his story and not contact his main employer, AENS? Reliable reports have it that strange cars and people were seen at the poor journo's house the night the story was first published ... then he suddenly retracted his story and did not take calls from the AENS office? A rat is being smelled ... a very, very stinky rat ...

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-04-01 11:23

    As per SAPS there is no such thing as a mistake, apologize for the MISUNDERSTANDING daily sun....

  • Darwinian - 2011-04-01 11:27

    No1 = PP No2 = Malemas

  • Anthonie Willemse - 2011-04-01 11:32

    Hope the apology is not sincere as its April fool they can always say they took Malema for a ride.

  • skulldude70 - 2011-04-01 11:34

    Now it is time for Juli-ass to apologise on the front page of every newspaper for all the bad remarks he has has made and caused SA to be a huge embarrassment to the world. Come-on Juju, do it.

  • Tired - 2011-04-01 11:34

    Thank you for apologising Sun - "YOU BLOODY AGENT"

  • CJRhodes - 2011-04-01 11:36

    We humbly advise the daily sun editorial team to continue focusing on reports of witch craft and tokoloshes, because reporting about politics will expose them to the humiliation they suffered of having to retract and apologise unreservedly on issues they could have avoided

  • Stylin - 2011-04-01 11:48

    The Media in SA have been getting away with incorrect and bias reportimg for too long. It's about time they took some responsibility for their poor and one sided coverage. I don't agree with Julius, but at least South Africa is finally in a place where the media can report openly against the government....with articles like these the governemnt are given more reasons why there should me a media tribunal.

  • henry - 2011-04-01 11:56

    Was malema born on april 1

  • Madelane - 2011-04-01 12:00

    At least the newspapers are not sinking to Malema's level and saying that their report is being read out of context.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-01 12:03

    That is not new, we all know the President is surrounded by a bunch of bad advisors and idiots.

  • Michelle - 2011-04-01 12:06

    Why should anybody apologize to Malema? He doesn't apologize for anything he has ever said. He utters the most ridiculous trash and gets away with it!!!

  • Boer-Nation - 2011-04-01 13:03

    Malema is not the problem - its those uneducated "victims" that support him in the blind belief that through legistlative entitlement and force... things will be better for them!

  • Jan - 2011-04-01 13:23

    Malema is an uneducated idiot that cannot read or write – therefore the newspaper report must have been animated for him to understand it. When has this idiot ever apologized for all the crap that he utters?? Who gives a toss about Malema?

  • Phineas - 2011-04-01 13:24

    Malema is so FAMOUS, even idiots comment about him. His haters are causing traffic in comments they make. Wow Julius, they'll even go to extent of wiping your bum! I have no comment other than saying: "i enjoy watching and listening to some hypocrites on comments they make while Julius does not even read/listen to them". South Africa is indeed a transparent Country hence we know every move of each politician, unlike during Apartheid, Verwoerd and all his crooked allies were living lavish life 1000 times more than Julius does but we didn't get to know a thing about them . . . . Hypocrites and Holier than Thou!

      gizzy - 2011-04-01 14:39

      Ha!ha! I LOVED your joke!

  • Perfume - 2011-04-01 13:59

    I know today is April 01!!!!!!!!!!

  • dgee - 2011-04-01 14:39

    Will they send a delegation to apologise as is the African way (as per Manyi) or will the printed apology do ? All so confusing - its April 1 every day at the moment it seems

  • SCORPIO - 2011-04-01 14:40

    Why is anyone apologizing to the idiot when he has refused to apologize to the nation for all his slandering remarks???

  • Bigman - 2011-04-01 15:31

    let they the newspapers proove why they should be monitored or censored the silly journalist should be sent back to school.

  • skinhead - 2011-04-01 21:34

    i feel so sorry for julius...will never see the end.....

  • ricardo.mafuna - 2011-04-02 04:51

    Daily sun,i was nt suprise to hear dat,they always talk crap on their paper,lol,themba khumalo u jave swallow dat pride of yrz nd apologise to our president,did you think they wer gnna let walk away free?that serves u right

  • ricardo.mafuna - 2011-04-02 04:51

    Daily sun,i was nt suprise to hear dat,they always talk crap on their paper,lol,themba khumalo u jave swallow dat pride of yrz nd apologise to our president,did you think they wer gnna let walk away free?that serves u right

  • karabo mondlane - 2011-05-04 07:44

    Zuma doesnt deserve to be a president,economically he hasnt be productive, i mean how much did thabo mbeki accomplish, a lot. Zuma should step down. the ANC did a good job fighting for freedom but now we are over that, we need a party that will inprove our economy.

  • arthur.squair - 2011-09-12 08:31

    Just READ George Orwell's "Animal Farm" ..... "The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia destroy any possibility of a Utopia. While this novel portrays corrupt leadership as the flaw in revolution (and not the act of revolution itself), it also shows how potential ignorance and indifference to problems within a revolution could allow horrors to happen if a smooth transition to a people's government is not achieved." We are so predicktable as human beings... I really don't understand why we all sound so surprised !!!

  • kwebu - 2012-06-26 07:11

    its little too late to apologize for a mess done, the journalist has turned into entertiners while people's lifes and careers are at stake

  • andile.gumada2 - 2012-12-28 14:24

    this is a great lesson for Malema to learn how to apologise and maybe you didn't know

  • aluwani.mavhungu.5 - 2013-01-23 11:49

    i respect juju kkkkkkkk

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