Sunday Times pens apology to ANC

2014-07-20 11:28


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Sunday Times has apologised to the ANC for a story it published last month headlined, "ANC must repay Kebble cash".

At the time, Sapa reported on the main points of the Sunday Times story, and this report was subsequently used by a number of other media houses.

The ANC lodged detailed complaints about the original and subsequent reports with the Press Ombudsman.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times corrected its report.

Headlined, "Apology to ANC" on page two, the Sunday paper said: "On June 1, we published a story under the headline 'ANC must repay Kebble cash' which contained a number of inaccuracies, including the headline.

"The story misconstrued the implications of an unsuccessful court action launched by the ANC to expunge a R14.4m claim by the deceased estate of Brett Kebble against the Kebble Buitendag Investment Trust (KBIT).

"The story incorrectly stated that the ANC had been ordered to pay back R14.4m after an unsuccessful bid to hold onto donations from the slain mining magnate. The story also said the ANC had previously been instructed to repay more than R600 000.

"In fact, proceedings by the trustees of the trust against the ANC seeking repayment of R627 286.50 [and not R14.4m] have yet to be heard and no court has yet determined that the ANC is liable to repay any donations.

"The high court action seeking expungement of the claim is the only court action instituted by the ANC in respect of donations it received from Kebble.

"We apologise to the ANC for the inaccurate information published," reads the Sunday Times apology.

Sapa editor Mark van der Velden said the agency lifted the main points of the original Sunday Times report in good faith on the basis that the information published was in the public interest.

Sapa erred in not promptly following up further on the issue with reaction from the ANC.

Sapa regrets the inconvenience the process caused the ANC.

Read more on:    sunday times  |  anc  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  media

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas 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 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.