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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    anc  |  the star  |  daily sun  |  julius malema  |  media  |  politics

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Springboks' bus driver inspires team in UK
Mallett says 'no thanks' after England call
Tuilagi to appeal 5-week ban
Win over Boks was 'massive' for Japanese rugby
Traffic Alerts

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal scenario...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.