ANCYL in scathing attack on reporter

2011-04-05 14:16

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League has launched a public personal attack on a journalist who is suing its spokesperson for hate speech - in its first response since the case started in the Equality Court a week ago.

In an e-mail to the entire media lists of the youth league and the African National Congress, Independent Newspaper reporter Carien du Plessis is described as a liar with "tendencies", without clarifying those "tendencies" are.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu's lawyers did not respond in court last Tuesday to charges that he allegedly called her "stupid" and a "white bitch" in text messages exchanged between the two.

But late on Monday night, another African National Congress Youth League spokesperson, Magdalene Moonsamy, emailed the statement about Du Plessis to media houses.

‘Agitation through the media’

"The ANCYL is aware that such allegations are lies and false and confirmed that at no stage has Cde Floyd Shivambu sent her such text messages.

"Those who know Carien du Plessis will be aware of her tendencies and that the allegations that she apportions to Cde Floyd are indeed false and will soon be exposed," said Moonsamy, whose cellphone was switched off on Tuesday morning.

The ANCYL said the case against Shivambu was "once again agitation through the media to spread lies against the leadership of the ANCYL".

The statement was emailed shortly before the youth league sent another statement on a different matter, in which it also attacked the media and called the Press Ombudsman "toothless" and "pathetically useless".

Journalist not commenting


Moonsamy, at the end of the statement about Du Plessis, adds: "We are aware that the case is sub judice and that facts will be presented to the Equality Court and hence, the ANCYL will not entertain the issue further until it [is] before the Equality Court."

Du Plessis referred all queries to her lawyer, who was not immediately available for comment.

The Equality Court last week postponed the matter setting April 13 as the date for Shivambu's lawyers to file papers in response to the allegations.

Shivambu's attorney Andries Nkome said he had not received all the pages of the documents.

Shivambu was served with the papers on February 8 but by last Tuesday, his legal team had not replied to the allegations.

Magistrate Oriel Vele said Shivambu's attorneys had not been "prudent" in dealing with the matter, but that their "sins" should not be visited on their client.

"It will be in the interests of justice to allow him [Shivambu] a voice on the matter," Vele said.
The court expressed "utter disappointment" in the conduct of the respondent and/or his attorney.

"People should learn to treat court proceedings with the respect they deserve," Vele said.

Demands R100 000 in damages

He awarded punitive costs to Du Plessis for Tuesday's court appearance.

Shivambu was present in court.

The complaint dates back to May 18 2010.

Du Plessis alleged that in an SMS exchange between herself and Shivambu, he wrote: "You must learn to respect people. I don't comment on YCL [Young Communist League] issues and please stop being stupid."

He also allegedly wrote: "I wouldn't want to earn respect from white bitches... so dream on."

Du Plessis wants an order declaring that the labels allegedly applied to her by Shivambu constituted hate speech, an order requiring him to issue an unconditional written apology, payment of R100 000 damages and the costs of the suit.

- SAPA

Read more on:    ancyl  |  floyd shivambu  |  hate speech
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
89 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

An uncomfortable election

The latter few weeks of election 2014, have seen South Africans reeling from an assault on their comfort zone when it comes to voting, writes Daniel Silke

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Y

The Samsung Y (Young) is tiny but powerful with Android...

From R1499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

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

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.