David Bullard lays charges over axing

2012-04-13 10:42

Johannesburg - Columnist David Bullard has laid criminal charges against the former editor of the Sunday Times, Mondli Makhanya, according to a report on Friday.

The charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice came almost four years after he was axed by the newspaper following a public outcry over a contentious Out to Lunch column, Business Day reported.

The criminal case was logged at the Parkview police station in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Bullard alleged that he was handed a fraudulent document as evidence at a hearing at the Statutory Council for the Newspaper, Printing and Packaging industry in 2010.

The document - another columnist's contract - was submitted to the hearing by the newspaper as proof that Bullard's contract differed and that he had not been unfairly dismissed.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-13 10:57

    The Sunday times is a much better publication without this Columnist anyway.

      Priyal - 2012-04-13 11:25

      Insignificant David Bullard

      wesleywt - 2012-04-13 12:04

      Well he did tell the truth about Africa. I see people are still upset about the truth.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-13 12:06

      the Sunday Times It has become a mediocre ragtag "news" paper - apart from the Mail & Guardian, the field of Journalism is replete with sub-standard writing. The Sunday Independent was excellent for a short while, but has dumped many of its talented, ever provocative writers. David Bullard has always pushed the envelope, and is, in my view, the type of fresh thinking an Editor always needs on the staff complement.

      Aaron - 2012-04-13 12:20

      Yes, bluzulu, because with Bullard there was a small chance of them actually publishing something truthful, and we wouldn't want that, now would we?

      Wim - 2012-04-13 13:35

      Yes, with a self confessed arsonist and accessory to murder as editor, it is excellent publication by the standards of the permanently disadvantaged. A conviction for fraud and defeating the ends may just qualify Makhanya for a cabinet post.

      Nicholas - 2012-04-13 17:02

      @wesleywt - yes, the same people who get upset about the word "refugee" ..

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 19:22

      Here's the Door David, Use it .....If you are as good as you think you are finding employment should be a breeze. Better yet here is your opportunity to start your own publication and put your money where your alleged talents are.

  • Irene - 2012-04-13 11:06

    Well done David Bullard. Well done. And well done News24 for having the balls to report the story. Unlike 702.

  • Richard - 2012-04-13 11:16

    Go David! Let the Scumday Times have it!

  • Gerald - 2012-04-13 11:17

    Bullard is a white dinosaur, he should shack up Archer and make sweet sweet conservative love

      Rob - 2012-04-13 11:26

      Gerals: Thank you for your (sub)intelligent contribution to the debate.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-13 13:23

      Tongue in cheek @criticallyhonest: I looked up the meaning of "Gerals" and instead found this...."Small goat antelope with small conical horns; of southern Asian mountains" - appropriate for the real Gerald above????

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-13 11:19

    Why was this man dismissed? Was he found guilty of a criminal act like dealing in drugs? Did he steal any money? Convicted for fraud? Obtained a government contract through corrupt means? Did he consistently underperform? Did he cause any damage to anybody or anybody's property? Was he regularly drunk on duty? Did he use vulgar language in all of his articles? Did he make many, many, many and regular huge mistakes? Was he grossly negligent on many occasions? If he did all these things, surely he qualifies for a very long suspension with full pay, or possibly a promotion.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 11:42

      His crime was that he was a white journalist who was not afraid to speak out & had the guts to write the truth. White & truth......Criminal combination in this country !

      Dawood - 2012-04-13 11:47

      @ Rob u bring in racism when it suits you...everything u write about is based on colour...maybe u should go to a country where theres no ppl of colour,and u'll probably find your unenviable peace..scumbag

      Priyal - 2012-04-13 11:51

      @Dawood. Amen

      Shaun - 2012-04-13 12:02

      I for one found his article racist and to me it seemed to condone imperialism. Because of our history, I think white people should be more sensitive when expressing controversial views. I don't think he should have been fired though as he did not do anything illegal, but he could have apologised.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 12:13

      Dawood. 100% correct. As long as I continue to read & hear the generalising of " Whites this & Whites that " in the negative manner from the mouths of black politicians & would be politicians & commentators on these forums I will continue to see everything in black & white. There is nothing racist about my previous comment or any other comment. We are a divided nation, thanks to black politicians & that is the truth. For scumbag....Suggest you take a close look in the mirror !

      Thando - 2012-04-13 13:00

      But Rob , we see far more negative comments about blacks in these forums than about whites - Should I angrily become a racist because of that ? Only a simpleton reacts like that.

      sabongam - 2012-04-13 13:13

      There was evidence that the scribe had racist tendencies in his writing. I mean Bullard was just critical of anything black. Typical Englishman comes to this country and writes K*k about its people.If England was such a great country compared to the African continent why didn't he stay there? I'm not saying don't criticise and highlight problems if there are any but come on now. Bullard criticised black leadership (more so BEE & AA) whether in govt or in the corporate world. When has he ever sang the praises of leaders like former MTN Chief Exec, Phuthuma Nhleko who is responsible for the sucess MTN and its shareholders is enjoying...Another is Sizwe Nxasana is former FNB CEO. Its just typical of English speaking whites - who are two-faced. Like how they speak so nicely in a black man's face and then turn around speak racist k*k with their friends around the braai in the comfort of their homes.But hey, at least Bullard spewed it out on the pages of Sunday Times for the public to see. I much prefer Afrikaners who are straight-forward with you, at least you know where you stand with them.If they don't like you they don't like you.Unlike those English speaking sissies.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 13:14

      Thando....And why is that ???? Think long & hard now !

  • Linda - 2012-04-13 11:24

    Headline should've read: 'Former ST editor charged with fraud'. Media is quick to point fingers but when its one of their own...... SMH

  • Cris - 2012-04-13 12:26

    Mondli thought licking white ass through his paper would make him untouchable. See what your white friends do to you.

      Rob - 2012-04-13 12:29

      Cris... Careful, you will have Dawood accusing you of racism.

      Peter - 2012-04-13 17:30

      @Rob, nope it won't happen I'm afraid. Seems black folk can't be racist but let a white man give his opinion then the race card is dealt...

  • EddyDeepfield - 2012-04-13 13:19

    First Malema and now Makhanya. Another crook bites the dust. Bullard was always a good read. An excellent columnist in the mold of Christopher Hitckens. Controversial, never a lapdog of the majority rule government, no patience with stupidity, a wit, knowledgeable, and a fighter against all wrongs and abuses of power. We need more like him.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-13 14:47

      then more are still to be fired

  • Ricky - 2012-04-13 13:22

    Bullard rocks!

  • Eric - 2012-04-14 13:14

    Here's the full story - not the one censored by IOL, News24 etc.

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