Top cop sues paper for defamation

2010-10-13 07:30

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele will sue the Sowetan newspaper for defamation in a case set down for the Johannesburg High Court.

Thabo Leshilo, who was editor at the time, said in a statement the case related to a graphic they used of Cele when he was the province’s safety MEC.

The newspaper reported yesterday that Cele was claiming R200 000 for defamation over a picture on July 6 2007, of him wearing a trench coat, a hat and carrying a rifle with the headline: “Police must aim for the head”.

The same picture was used in a follow up article on July 16.

The article stated that the police had shot and killed eight suspects within 10 days after Cele said: “Police must aim for the head“, the report continued.

Cele felt the “superimposed” picture portrayed him as a man of arms and painted him as a person with “murderous intent”.

This portrayed him in a false light and was humiliating and degrading, Cele’s lawyer was expected to argue.

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