Guptas sue Sunday Times for R500m

2013-04-04 10:36

Johannesburg - The Gupta family has reportedly launched legal proceedings for defamation against the Sunday Times, after the newspaper published a story in March headlined "Guptas try to 'buy' SAA boss".

Bizcommunity reported on Thursday that the summons was issued through the North Gauteng High Court by Atul Gupta, the MD of Sahara Holdings and executive chairperson of TNA Holdings, which owns The New Age newspaper.

According to the lawsuit, the Gupta family feels the article was "wrongful and defamatory" and is seeking R500m in defamation damages from the editor and management of the Sunday Times.

The family is disputing claims in the article that they tried to bribe a senior SAA official; that they are "shady dealers" and known as a "corrupt family"; that they hosted meetings at their home in which bribes were offered; and that they wield so much power that they can summon Cabinet ministers and senior government officials to their home.

The Sunday Times has reportedly not yet received the summons.The editor of the Sunday Times was in a meeting discussing the issue, and was unavailable for comment when News24 contacted the newspaper.

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-04-04 10:46

    500mil? 200m to the Guptas, 200m to Zuma and sons, 100m to corrupt senior government officials.

      kalabafazi - 2013-04-04 13:29

      Further refurbishments to take place at the nkandla compound???

      Mpho Leopeng - 2013-04-04 14:15

      200m for a new mall on his Nkandla home.

      markt - 2013-04-04 14:16

      The New Age - News as we say it is...

      Danie Theron - 2013-04-04 16:27

      You forgot to add a few 100 million to bribe the judge/s. They say that in certain African countries it is cheaper to bribe a judge than what it is to get a lawyer. SA is fast on its way to becoming such a banana-republic. Ask yourself how Zuma manages to be more slippery than a Vaseline factory; the Guptas know how to bribe judges...

      Klaus Muller - 2013-04-04 17:59

      @Mpo, Tuckshop needs new stock, at todays prices, 200 mill amongst comrades, you must be joking - anyway Tuck Shop now to small, extensions are needed, Tender ready to collect, BEEEEE comrades only!

      @Thabo.Shaku - 2013-04-04 20:54

      Nothing new: Guptas offer bribes for a living!

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-04-05 03:25

      Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! is that the value they put on their "GOOD" name. Guptas which means "Getting Useless Parliamentarians To Approve Shadydeals"

      Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-04-05 11:06

      Does JZ really need a tuckshop?I don't think so

  • Christo TwoShots Botha - 2013-04-04 10:46

    One does not simply inflict R500m damage! Wow... All they are achieving is being brought back into the spotlight.

      John Silver - 2013-04-04 11:35

      They will not bring this to court as they will be forced into revealing all of their business dealings with politicians... and that will be the best TV ever Once under oath the game is on!

      jacques.vandermerwe.965 - 2013-04-04 11:48 are so right...Newspapers such as the Sunday Times are very aware of potential consequences before publishing explosive exposes such as this...The will make sure they have their FACTS straight first.

      John Silver - 2013-04-04 12:01

      The potential for this lawsuit to blow up in their face in immense. Yes, there may be facts the ST got wrong, but the rest is pretty messy. Most people had already forgotten about it and written it off to another zuma mess, there are so silly to do this Remember why Zuma pulled the plug on his Zapiro suit - same logic applies.

      Johan Harlaar - 2013-04-04 12:14

      @John Silver: Better than porn tv.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-04-04 10:47

    Bunch of JZ clowns. They'll probably get away with it, just as their government gat-gabbas get away with just about everthing

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-04 10:48

    I am sure the Sunday Times would have thought long and hard before printing a story like that. Perhaps they have something the Guptas don't know about.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-04-04 11:39

      Lol, good one Advocate.

  • kenneth.mthethwa - 2013-04-04 10:51

    Teach them a lesson Guptas.

      Solomon Almeleh - 2013-04-04 11:27

      When did you fall out of the tree?

      johnny.better.12 - 2013-04-04 13:41

      @solomon, just before he landed on his head!

      sxp - 2013-04-20 12:09

      Ha ha, their bluff might be called and then the whole bag of potatoes will be shown for what it think they will take the chance?

  • Bongeka - 2013-04-04 10:52

    Wow! That's how the cookie crumbles.

  • neiljvv - 2013-04-04 10:53

    Making a quick buck

      Maria Roth - 2013-04-04 12:34

      They need to pay the rent somehow they don't sell enough newspapers to do so.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-04-04 10:54

    serves them right, next on the line should beeld, lots of its articles are based on speculations.

      Solomon Almeleh - 2013-04-04 11:28

      Also just fell out of the tree.

  • Lesibana Maropola - 2013-04-04 10:56

    No comments, I don't want to be sued. But R500mil is cracy.

  • gerasimos - 2013-04-04 10:58

    Oh Please! Methinks they protest too much! Giant Saharan sandstorm. I hope the Sunday Times expose even more of the juicy stuff!

  • Zaakir Hoosen - 2013-04-04 10:58

    What a load of utter nonsense. In essence the public should boycott newspapers like the New Age, since it's just a voice for the corrupt.

      markt - 2013-04-04 14:11

      I don't think there needs to be a drive to boycott the New Age newspaper as currently most reasonable people are simply NOT buying it.

      SkarrelKind - 2013-04-05 13:28

      At work in Cape Town they delivery the New Age for free, daily. What a load of polony in that stupid one sided paper.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-04-04 10:59

    Guptas's way of doing business smells a rat

  • Enrico A. Olivier - 2013-04-04 11:00

    The newspaper may have over stated their influence, but never trust a business person who like to dish out money to politicians.

  • gillian.wayman - 2013-04-04 11:04

    What a joke, tring to play the power card, lets see how long this stays in the news

  • CraigJoseph - 2013-04-04 11:05

    Really?!? R500m? Sorry to tell you Guptas, this isn't the USA where litigation will get you stupid amounts of money. Aim a bit lower at say R500.00. Idiots.

  • Herman Lategan - 2013-04-04 11:09

    What revolting people, bombastic and grandiose. That Oasis company of theirs is run by cowboys.

  • andrew.grieveson.92 - 2013-04-04 11:11

    This will mean all related related info can be subpoenaed from the Guptas . This can blow up in your face !!

  • Terence Wessels - 2013-04-04 11:18

    Careful people, Guptas and the Pig of Nkandla are partners.

      gerasimos - 2013-04-04 13:47

      LOL the "pig" I'd love to see a portrait along the same lines as "The Spear"

      sxp - 2013-04-20 12:10

      Like partners in say crime?..Please clarify what type of partners...

  • Timothy - 2013-04-04 11:21

    What damages? Their only client is our tax money.

  • Ska Banga - 2013-04-04 11:22

    It ain't slander if its true.

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-04-04 11:26

    If you suing Sundy Times, why Trevor Noah is spared because he also said that the Guptas can summon Zuma to dance for them *Crazy Normal* - he said the Guptas summon zuma to their house for a zulu dance LOL

      Mdluli Vusi - 2013-04-04 11:45

      Travor noah read it from sunday times than he put some spices on the story for his show.

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-04-04 11:30

    You want to sue the Sunday's called a hostile takeover! So everything you write about your Zuma crony is favourable! Did you do good business at BRICS? Good price and all?

      JamesMWood - 2013-04-04 12:32

      That should be good price an'ol

  • Jennifer DuPreez Martin - 2013-04-04 11:31

    Puppet masters....

  • Justin Pretorius - 2013-04-04 11:31

    So their paper is not selling so they have to resort to suing someone else for money HEHEHEEHH

  • Andre de Lange - 2013-04-04 11:40

    Most propably after the news papers shares and media 24's, as they already own the government, the country and it's toll roads plus the indian ocean. Ooops !!! shouldn't say to much just now I get sued for my pair of old jeans !!!

      Lesibana Maropola - 2013-04-04 11:51

      Hahahaha!!! Be very careful on this Guptas family they will auction those jeans to cater for Khulubushe's KFC craving.

  • MattCharm Visser - 2013-04-04 11:40

    Somehow all I think of when I read "They weild so much power they can summon cabinet ministers" Is Trevor Noah, thats so racist.

  • Anna Turner - 2013-04-04 11:43

    Is this to pay for the homestead??

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2013-04-04 11:47

    The Gupta family is going to fail. Even Pres Jacob Zuma failed to win against Zapiro.lets wait and see

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-04 11:50

    Why sue a news paper? All you have to do is ask Zoomie he has lots of money and anyway he is so indebted to the Guptas among others that he can't refuse.

  • Disillusioned Sa - 2013-04-04 12:05

    Are these guys legally in South Africa - or can we deport them back to India as illegal aliens? Any one checked the validity of their residency status's

      Maria Roth - 2013-04-04 12:50

      Come now Zuma brought them along with his luggage from India. You can be sure they have been given SA identity documents faster than a legal citizen can hope for.

  • Sipho Magagula - 2013-04-04 12:12

    Aren't we not always told by the print media that if you don't like what they wrote about you, you can approach the courts for relief. Aren't the Guptas doing exactly that?

      Maria Roth - 2013-04-04 12:54

      R500 million relief what could they say that is worth that amount of money? Has the Sunday Times sullied their 'good reputation"?

  • Lesetsa John Diebaba Mmotla - 2013-04-04 12:17

    we can't depot them because they will just bribe our security officers

  • Maria Roth - 2013-04-04 12:25

    If you can't beat your opponents by the quality of your newspaper and get their market share faily you will sue them into submission is that the strategy. I wonder you is advising them? Any guesses anyone? Perhaps the Tokoloshe?

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-04-04 12:36

    Instead of improving TNA they sue they oppornents u cant win customers like that

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-04-04 12:50

    Jacob has little lambs called guptas, and everywhere that jacob goes the guptas are sure to follow. Hand in hand they go, up and down the corridors of luthuli house, in and out the gupta compound, all smiling, shaking hands, all things bright and beautiful all contracts bigs and small. All things bright and beautiful the ANC collects them all. Madam Zille got curried at the compound, so gupta's catered for on many boards of directors or shareholders, gupta gupta gupta.........gupting for the sunday times now

  • Rob - 2013-04-04 12:55

    But they are corrupt. Why cry foul if it's true?

  • Gary5 - 2013-04-04 12:58

    They just upset that the STimes wants to host their own brekkies loaded with bribes from gov departments to hear the anc. Stick to it STimes,go all the way.

  • Nthabiseng Ndondo Mzolo - 2013-04-04 13:01

    Oh dear is it this corrupt bunch again, Zuma has made it so easy even for foreigners to scam SA.... Guptas to go right ahead with this lawsuit and I bet Sunday Times has so much dirt on you and Showerhead.... So let's see.... Are the Guptas even in the country legally? Oh forgot they are friends with JZ showerhead corrupt president...

  • Lee Brand - 2013-04-04 13:04

    Heh heh. Personally I think the ST may have a problem. Hope they have all their supporting evidence close at hand.....

  • Lee Brand - 2013-04-04 13:04

    Heh heh. Personally I think the ST may have a problem. Hope they have all their supporting evidence close at hand.....

      gerasimos - 2013-04-04 13:50

      On what basis do you "feel" this? ST normally gets it spot on!

      Lee Brand - 2013-04-04 18:24

      The Guptas have an endless supply of cash and own the anc. The st has been very forthright in their reporting and rely on some very dodgy people for their story. I dislike the the guptas as much as anyone else but the st has gone out on a limb here. This could be a problem for them.

      Sihle Zondie - 2013-04-04 20:38

      True that.If they have Government officials in their pockets I'm sure they have a judge or two lined up.This might just be what JZ always wanted,a way to gag the media.Bastards,one of these days we gona get so sick n tired we gona be askin for that 'machine gun' the bastards keep singing abt

      Mawethu Chivaz Rune - 2013-04-04 23:24

      lol @ Sihle...lmao

  • Sheilan - 2013-04-04 13:09

    The family are disputing claims that they are known as a corrupt family. Now they're pursuing a defamation case. Well, we DO know them as a corrupt family. So .... what's the issue?

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-04 13:53

      They already have a crap reputation and if people are of the opinion they are corrupt, there is nothing they can do about that, People are entitled to their opinions.

  • WILLIAM2013 - 2013-04-04 13:11

    500m!!! what a joke the Gupta's are!!!!

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-04-04 13:34

    Sue ur friend Zuma nd the live the media alone

  • Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-04 13:39

    Are they suing for their reputation and defamation of character. Somebody should tell them that they're way too late for that hey. The public opinion I've heard of them is already extremely low and not nice at all.

  • David Viaene - 2013-04-04 13:48

    Wow, the Guptas are a complete joke. That is one family that is raping South Africa something silly.

  • Deiza Malope - 2013-04-04 14:45

    Some people are really sick and need prayers! 500 million? Hahahaha madness from a banana republic. He must ask uncle JZ how far did he go with Zapiro- he ran away from court with his tail between his legs.

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2013-04-04 14:51

    We KNOW they are corrupt, why try and sue someone for money? Oops, sorry just asnwered my own question...

  • Mike McDonald - 2013-04-04 15:14

    Gupta shmupta

  • joan.wilkinson.58 - 2013-04-04 15:25

    Oh these "guppies". Are they really worth bothering about when they crawl out of their compound?

  • Gerhardus - 2013-04-04 15:37

    I am so tired of your popups N 24 can u stop with your sh$t please

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-04 22:31

      I wouldn't mind so much if that little down arrow in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up worked, BUT IT DOESN'T!