Miyeni column: Haffajee won’t sue

2011-08-06 13:31

City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee will no longer take axed Sowetan columnist Eric Miyeni to court.

Haffajee earlier this week said she would pursue legal action over a column in which Miyeni called her a “black snake in the grass deployed by white capital to sow discord among blacks”.

“In the 80s she’d probably have had a burning tyre around her neck,” Miyeni wrote.

Haffajee will now make a complaint to the Human Rights Commission or Public Protector instead. “The South African way is to accept an apology. The Sowetan’s was fulsome, so it would be churlish of me to file a lawsuit,” she said.

“Eric Miyeni is out of work and I don’t have two court years to spare.”

» Read City Press tomorrow for more on the “black snake debate”.

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