Bullard to sue ‘Sunday Times’

2008-04-30 00:00

Cape Town — Axed Sunday Times columnist David Bullard is to sue the Sunday Times newspaper for about R840 000 for loss of income.

Bullard revealed this ahead of an address to the Cape Town Press Club yesterday, saying the amount also takes into account his jobs as a master of ceremonies at functions on the strength of his position as columnist.

An upbeat Bullard said that, despite his axing, for what his employers said was a racist Out to Lunch column a few weeks back, he believes that South Africa still enjoys “great press freedom”.

“I do not think that the ANC was behind this. We still have an open government that accepts free speech. This is an encouraging sign and I hope we continue to have press freedom. I don’t think there was any political intervention … This is not to say that it could not happen,” Bullard said.

Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya cancelled Bullard’s column — which ran for 14 years — saying Bullard had written an “extremely racist” column, which was “not in accordance with the character and values of the Sunday Times”.

Entitled Uncolonised Africa wouldn’t know what it was missing, it described what SA would have looked like if the “evil white man” had not come to “disturb the rustic idyll of the early black settlers”.

Bullard said he was axed four days after the column appeared. “It took four days to work up the righteous indignation to say this is so disgusting, you must be sacked,” he said.

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