City Press and Transnet boss in 'pre-publication censorship' court battle

2015-08-15 10:00

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Transnet acting CEO Siyabonga Gama has launched an urgent application to interdict City Press from publishing an article this weekend.

The matter will be heard in the South Gauteng High Court this afternoon.

This relates to legal developments surrounding a controversial tender which Transnet Freight Rail awarded to General Nyanda Security in 2007.

Gama, then CEO of Transnet Freight Rail, signed off on the tender. Former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda was a director of General Nyanda Security.

The tender was initially valued at R18.9 million and escalated to R95 million by 2010 after various contracts and extensions.

Gama's lawyer Themba Langa accused City Press of "desperately trying to defame the reputation of Mr Gama".
City Press is defending the action.

City Press editor in chief, Ferial Haffajee, said: "The courts are clear: pre-publication censorship impedes free expression. We look forward to meeting the parties in court. Mr Themba Langa has regularly threatened legal action in our investigations into Mr Gama and it is time to take him up on it."

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