Jurie Els wins case against editor

2010-11-30 14:05

Bloemfontein - The Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday found the editor and publisher of Huisgenoot magazine guilty of contempt of court following an article about singer Jurie Els.

The SCA ruled on an appeal by Els regarding a contempt of court application against editor Esmaré Weideman and Media 24.

Earlier, the Western Cape High Court had ruled that Weideman had not been in contempt of court when the magazine, and its English edition YOU, ran an article in February 2008 in which singer Robbie Klay accused a South African singer of sexual molestation.

Els has in the meantime been acquitted on charges of molesting Klay, as a child, after formal charges were brought before the high court.


Els's name was not mentioned in the in-depth interview with Klay. In the magazine's editorial Els was however named in connection with a court attempt to stop publication of the article.

Earlier, Els got an urgent interdict in the North Gauteng High Court to stop publication of the article, but had to bring a proper application 10 days later.

Huisgenoot and YOU did not print the article as submitted to court in Johannesburg, but an edited, censored version before the 10-day period expired.

Els then brought the contempt of court application in the Western Cape High Court against Weideman. The Cape Town court held amongst others that Els's contempt of court application should have been heard in Johannesburg.

On Tuesday, the SCA set aside the high court order and convicted Weideman and Media 24 of contempt of court.

The SCA referred the matter back to the Western Cape High Court to impose an appropriate punishment.

- Huisgenoot/YOU and News24 are both subsidiaries of Media24.

  • Joe - 2010-11-30 14:23

    Ja well, where there's smoke, there's fire. Els's name will never be the same either way. Did I mention that where there's smoke, there's fire...?

      Kyle_logan - 2010-11-30 15:13

      just becuase a court finds you innocent doesnt me you are.

      James1 - 2010-11-30 15:55

      Kyle. That is true, but it does make it slander to continue with the story after the court has proven a person not guitly. the court has to prove you guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.

      julie.oelofse - 2010-12-01 11:08

      @James1 - the article was printed before he went to court and was found not guilty.

  • LuLuBug - 2010-11-30 14:25

    You magazine LOVES dishing smut on people!!!!! I am so glad they are found guilty

      Jacobus - 2010-11-30 15:46

      Yeah, Esmarie Weideman needed to be put in her place... but it is still Jurie we are talking about... Don't know which is worse...

      Zion - 2010-11-30 17:34

      Agree with you 101% LuluBug. YOU magazine is not worth the paper it is written on, Yes, always some pathetic skinder story.

      focus.ntfc - 2010-12-01 11:10

      LuluBug ... people LOVE smut!! Thats why Huisgenoot and You are the post popular magazines in SA .... and I bet you and Zion read it AND read The Son on line too .... smut and gore is a winning recipe for any media player ... thats where the money is (unfortunately)

      Zion - 2010-12-01 12:49

      focus.ntfc: I have news for you friend. I grew up with the Huisgenoot and read the You magazine since its inception during the '80's I read samples of SON but the journalism is childish and senile fit for the lavatory with everyone and his drunk mother trying to get into print by using vulgar language. Huisgenoot was purchased by my late wife while I read YOU and Huisgenoot. One was simply a translation of the other. About 18months ago I stopped buying YOU due to their utterly poor editorial policies: Printing bulldust about saved little kitty-cats instead of something more substantial. SONDAG is nothing more than SON and afrikaner perceptions of being cool. Huisgenoot has mutated to a skinder-bek-boekie and stopped purchasing it about 2 uears ago. So focus, It is a poor showing on your behalf to make blind comments when you have no inkling of what is happening in this world.

  • saritavdm - 2010-11-30 14:28

    Elsabe, ons staan bankvas agter jou! Waar 'n rokie is is 'n vuurtjie, en party mense kom weg met moord!

      Ockert - 2010-11-30 14:45

      Van wie praat jy ??, is jy by die regte berig ?..

      generaalcharlie - 2010-11-30 15:34

      Syp jy al weer by die werk terwyl jy jou huisgenoot lees ?

      Johnny - 2010-11-30 15:57

      ...Dis goed Esmare weideman weer het op haar moer gekry... ...Go Jurie Els..!! ....Go Steve Hofmeyer...!!

      Zion - 2010-11-30 17:37

      Ja, Esmarie Weideman, elke hond kry sy dag. nou het Jurie syne gekry. Hoe lyk dit met n koppie tee?

      Norman dP - 2010-12-01 12:40

      En so word die intelligensie ten toon gestel van persone wat die boerebybel (a.k.a. Huisgenoot) lees. Kan nie eens die redakteur se naam wat in die berig ggeskryf is, reg spel nie.

  • Snoek - 2010-11-30 14:39

    Lekker! As jy uitdeel moet jy kan vat.

  • Judge DREAD - 2010-11-30 14:45

    Die Huisgenoot is common en vat julle gullible ones vir n vet ride. Lees liewer die SONDAG as jy n klomp k*k wil lees en lekker lag. Elsabe behoort haar te skaam, maak geld deur te skinner oor ander se issues. Common verby.

      John - 2010-11-30 15:56

      Elsabe WIE? Jy bedoel seker haar koninglike hoogheid Esmare!

  • deidre.swanepoel - 2010-11-30 14:46

    i am glad that he won his case cause this will make them think twice b4 writing rubbish about people, BUT having said that, i do without a doubt believe that Jurie is guilty.

  • Proffie - 2010-11-30 14:51

    Great stuff, hate that magazine with a passion. People will believe anything they read.

  • Cobus - 2010-11-30 14:57

    Lekker!!! Esmare has some egg on her face..... or is tea? lmao

      Bitterpoep - 2010-11-30 15:17

      Haha @ Cobus ....goed gesê !!!!

      AllieG - 2010-11-30 15:31

      Ja, jy's reg. Vandat sy oorgeneem het bevorder sy die Jerry Springer show!

  • Nice Guy - 2010-11-30 15:02

    I am going to stop buying You in protest of this disgusting invasion of privacy. Unless they have some more sleaze to read of course

  • maja - 2010-11-30 15:08

    Jurie is dodgy!!!

  • Cobus - 2010-11-30 15:08

    "Lekker!!! Esmare has some egg on her face.... or is it tea?"

      Johnny - 2010-11-30 16:05

      ...egg and tea.... ...he he he he...!!

  • Carolyn - 2010-11-30 15:21

    Only people who like smut, like to read these magazines, they tend to believe everything they read, I don't read them, would not waste my money buying them, there are far nicer magazines to read then the 2 mentioned here.

  • Witrot - 2010-11-30 15:25

    Ek lees nie meer Huisgenoot nie... Skouspel sonder Steve Hofmeyer is soos koue teetjies in die gesig!!....:D

  • nuclear - 2010-11-30 15:26

    Everybody knows if it's in the YOU it's not true!

      Allin - 2010-11-30 16:07

      Well said!

  • Carel Venter - 2010-11-30 15:27

    Ek is bly Huisgenoot is bietjie vasgevat, maar ek trust nog steeds nie vir Jurie nie.

  • Doorboot - 2010-11-30 15:39

    Not convinced the dude is not a child molester... But what is fair is fair and You did not play by the rules. Just glad the bugger in now living in New Zealand, phew thank goodnes he left SA

  • Jacobus - 2010-11-30 15:44

    And this makes us love you soooo much, Jurie... We will now always adore you..., and look up to you... We will trust you with our kids... Your wife trusts you with her kids... And seeing that you might get some cash out of this, please stay where you are.

      Jacobus - 2010-11-30 15:51

      And take Esmare with you... saw her the other day at Media24 offices... No makeup, Helga-the-German haircut, upside down eyes, gosh, she is one ungly mama. Wonder what it cost to dollie her up for Skouspel???

      Zion - 2010-11-30 17:48

      Sorry you lost Jacobus: If you do or don't like Els you will still have to live with the fact that he was found innocent. Please, please, please dont come up with some purile argument that he wiggled his way out of the long arm of the law. The law stated he is (and was) innocent. I think this guy has been through enough crap. Yes crap that would have broken a lesser person. As for Jurie Els. May you sing a million songs and a lullaby for the Big mouths.

      Jacobus - 2010-11-30 18:07

      I did not loose sh*t... Zion... Whill you go sit on his lap?

      Goldfish - 2010-12-01 01:58

      What does Esmaré's appearance have to do with the story? That's a low and unintelligent blow. She and her team do a great job.... the weekly stable of You and Huisgenoot and Drum between them are read by an astonishing one in five adult South Africans, quite a tribute to their relevance.

  • MACKAROONEY - 2010-11-30 15:50


      PDP - 2010-12-01 07:56

      Hahahahaha, good one!

  • Johnny - 2010-11-30 16:02

    En daar gooi die hof toe ook koue tee oor Esmare Weideman uit... ....Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....!!!!!

  • irma101 - 2010-11-30 16:45

    I agree with Joe. Els is LUCKY....this time round.....

  • Zion - 2010-11-30 17:31

    It is time that the yellow press is placed under the looking glass. The utter rubbish we pay to read boggles the mind. No longer is it about bringing the news to the people but rather the case of screw the people while the rands roll in. The media went far beyond their mandate with the Els issue and about a thousand others too. Allow a relapse on a Sunday and buy "Sondag" then it will become clear to what sick depths "journalists will lower themselves to in order to get a scoop. Sex is always the carrot and then coupled to religion and its officials. The language has become a sewer to such an extent that one may wish to distance oneself from it. Better language can be found in the Hustler or Loslyf. Gooed luck Jurie, I hope you screw the editorial life out of the concerned "media".

  • Jerry - 2010-11-30 17:33

    What IF Els is completely honest? If you, the SaritaVDM or Joe, let me in your lifes, I'm sure I will also find some smoke? I don't own a Els-cd, but I will not keep hammering a guy for something that he might not have done. Was Els founded guilty or not-guilty?

      Jacobus - 2010-11-30 17:56

      Why not let your kid take a seat on Santa's lap, and see if Santa is innocent? Better steer clear, I'd say...

      Zion - 2010-12-01 12:58

      Jacobus, get over yourself, If not to me then listern to Jerry. THE MAN WAS FOUND INNOCENT. If I may say so it seems you have an obsession or fixation with laps. Now why will that be?

  • Gandalf - 2010-11-30 18:35

    Strange how you all hate these magazines, but every week, you fork out your hard earned cash to buy them.....

      Zion - 2010-12-01 13:01

      Wrong Gandalf, since I inhereted a computer I do not buy any other magazines other than the CAR now and again. I stopped buying YOU and HG about 2yrs ago.

  • irma101 - 2010-11-30 21:53

    Lol. Yes Zion I agree. Els has been 'through a lot of crap' allright....

      Zion - 2010-12-01 13:09

      You know Irma101 we like our jokes and like to laugh especially when laughing at others. In all seriousness can you imagine having to go through a life like Else had to and only due to lies and falsifications by others. Would we not be bigger and stand up above those that prefer to make Else's life even worse. Do you, in particular not realise that your hugely humourless joke means nothing anymore simply because Els was found innocent. I suggest you go seek cause for more humourless jokes by the source of Els's problems. I believe that Els will come out bigger than most of us who prefer to throw stones. You included.

  • Goldfish - 2010-12-01 01:49

    I personally believe that Huisgenoot and You do great work in the fast-paced and challenging arena of current affairs journalism. There is no alternative weekly mag source that hits the South African streets every Friday with interviews and investigation of stories that have broken during the week. "Els's name was not mentioned in the in-depth interview with Klay." So they were pushing the boundaries of contempt of court by mentioning him in the editorial, but still could have been technically within the law. Another judge may well have ruled differently, as the first one did.

      Zion - 2010-12-01 13:17

      About as good as the work done by Debora Patta on 3rd degree. Goldfish are we now blaming the referee because your prefered magazine did not win? Why nor accept that your prior perceptions were wrong and now Els is in the clear. I personally hope Els sues the hell out of the guilty parties.

  • Witrot - 2010-12-01 11:43

    O ek verlang na jou...... Always trust your instincts...

  • Theuns - 2010-12-01 12:47

    Ag man! Els is as straight as a bannana. Or is it a ruler or cucumber? Can't quite remember what team hes batting for........

  • antogigs - 2010-12-01 16:36

    wie gee om of Jurie skuldig is of nie hy is alreeds deur almal geoordeel en skuldig bevind - shame seker dieselfde met Michael Jackson - wat meer verbasend is hoekom het NET Robbie Klay uitgekom - ek meen as Jurie pedofiel of molesteerder is waar is die ander kinders dan - seer sekerlik moet daar nog wees hulle kom mos gewoonlik uit wanneer een die guts het om sy mond oop te maak - sou hy skuldig wees sal ek beslis die eerste klip gooi - maar ek glo eerlikwaar nie hy het iets gedoen nie - maar ek is bly dat Huisgenoot en You en Elmarie Weideman skuldig bevind is want die media se mag kan erger wees as 'n gelaaide geweer....een verkeerde woord of indruk en lewens is verwoes - gemaak of gebreek...scary eintlik en hul dink werklik hul kan daarmee weg kom want ons koop die goed om te lees want ons is nuuskierig en verlustig ons mos in ander se nood of skade!

  • auratius - 2010-12-01 17:09

    Ek oop maar Esmaré Weideman gaan so bietjie tjoekie toe.

  • Claudeus - 2010-12-01 21:46

    When a fire is stated by a vandal it must be punished. Well done Jurie. Hope Huisgenoot gets a new Editor with less malicious intentions.

  • fweitz - 2011-07-06 11:08

    Els is Innocent and the court did prove it.Klay did lie about the whole story and everything were proof in the court more than 30 times.Please people go and read Juries Book.The man is not guilty and because of the media and peoples lies he suffer finacial losses of millions of rands not to mention the harm to his image and the lost in future sales with his music.Im not a Jurie fan but if you are innocent you are innocent.Long live jurie Els and i wish him all the best for the future because he deserve the world,his a great person!!!

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