Guptas suing newspapers for R500m each

2013-10-03 10:11


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Johannesburg - In what could be the biggest defamation suit yet in South Africa, the Gupta family is suing two newspapers for half a billion rand each.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Thursday that the family is suing the newspaper as well as the Sunday Times over articles published in March concerning a R10bn contract for South African Airways. The two articles alleged that a member of the Gupta family tried to bribe a top SAA official.

The family alleges that the articles were defamatory.

But experts told the M&G that cases asking for "unrealistic" amounts such as R500m hardly ever reach court.

Meanwhile, the ANC has also lodged a complaint against the Mail & Guardian following an article alleging that party chairperson Baleka Mbete accepted a bribe from mining company Gold Fields.

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