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Polokwane mayor settles with City Press

2012-10-03 21:18

Johannesburg - The executive mayor of Polokwane, Freddy Greaver, and the City Press newspaper have reached a settlement over his defamation case, editor Ferial Haffajee said on Wednesday.

"Mr Greaver started off by suing the newspaper for R15m. We agreed to apologise and settled at R100 000," Haffajee said.

"We never meant to implicate Greaver as corrupt and I have learned that when you publish a graphic image, you need to add explanatory text."

The settlement was reached in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Tuesday.

Though both parties were not present, Judge Francis Legodi read the settlement signed by the affected parties' legal representatives.

The newspaper was ordered to publish an apology on Sunday, give Greaver the right to reply, and Greaver was rewarded R100 000 in damages.

The City Press was also ordered to pay for the legal costs incurred. The court ordered the money to be paid within 30 days.

The newspaper published graphics and an article depicting Greaver as part of the "Limpopo mafia" - a group of politicians and business people involved in awarding tenders to companies with links to expelled former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

The story was published on 21 August last year.

Haffajee said the graphic was intended to show the network of power.

Greaver was the only person mentioned in the article who took legal action against the paper. Those mentioned included Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and some MECs.

A statement from the City of Polokwane said Greaver had emerged victorious.

"They [City Press] reluctantly admitted that councillor Greaver was not guilty of any corruption or abuse of his office," spokesperson Simon Mokoatedi said.

Comments
  • kim.buren - 2012-10-03 21:24

    Bet if you dig a little further he would be. Can City Press get a refund then?

      zwe.ndlovu.7 - 2012-10-03 22:40

      She should hv dug a little further before going public.Bloody agent

      tramakgaphola - 2012-10-04 05:12

      Mr Mayor, I respect u

      rejeanne.nel.33 - 2012-10-04 06:24

      I live in Polokwane and I am just as fed with the ANC as the rest of you but Freddie Greaver is the one shining light in our province. That's why the rest of the ANC want him out, he has also received death threats from corrupt ANC officials, because he has exposed so many bad apples. The only problem is that national government does not support him

      ester.venter.3 - 2012-10-04 07:39

      I couldn't agree more with Re-jeanne! Mayor Greaver is an inspiration and a wonderful example to our community! He is not a politician, but a leader. If you don't live in Polokwane, then you wouldn't know that. So please refrain from making comments like this about things/people you don't know anything about.

      jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-10-04 07:45

      Kim, don't make statements if you do not know the man. I'm living in Polokwane and with the limited contact that I had with him, I think he is doing a good job as Mayor.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 13:05

      If he's as angel as everyone here claims, then no wonder the national government (and the corrupt cronies) are trying to shut him up. The ANC hates honesty amongst its own. Well done to Mr Mayor if he's indeed the shining star, but get out of the ANC and join a real democratic organisation, not the excuse of a movement from the early 20th century called the ANC.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-03 21:31

    Klomp ANC SKELMS!

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2012-10-03 21:50

    Thankx mr mayor

  • maruis.kleynhans - 2012-10-03 22:40

    Mmmmmm, from R15mil down to R100k. That is a huge down grade. Maybe there is something fishy in his closet.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-04 05:53

    Don't buy City press don't buy

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 13:08

      Communists and propagandists shouldn't buy anything, actually. I always find it funny to see communists in shopping malls, since under communism, there won't be any shopping malls...

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-04 13:55

      Oh so there are no shopping malls in communist China? Do you really know what's communism?

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-10-04 07:17

    I have read a few--a very few--really insightful columns from the \city press\ over the years. \r\nGotcha is not a game that ought to be played with people's lives. Ms. FH has an uncanny gift in discerning political double talk

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-04 10:40

    The untrue story on page 1 and the apology on page 13 at the small corner. He should have at least agreed the apology with just 5million,

  • andy4real - 2012-10-08 08:46

    hmmm.. tats my former teacher.............

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