Label of corruption will stick - Greaver

2012-10-07 19:14

Johannesburg - The "label of corruption" will continue to stick to executive mayor of Polokwane, Freddy Greaver, despite a correction in City Press, he said in an article in the newspaper on Sunday.

"I believe that I will continue to suffer from the label of corruption that City Press has blessed me with," Greaver said.

"Their apology and my right to reply may never suffice to restore my name."

Greaver filed suit against City Press last year after the paper published a graphic depicting Greaver as part of a "Limpopo mafia"- a group of politicians and business people involved in awarding tenders to companies with links to expelled former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

A settlement was reached in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on 3 October.

City Press agreed to pay R100 000 in damages and costs, publish an apology and give Greaver the right to reply.

Greaver said the settlement was not enough to clear his name as he had heard comments on local radio stations claiming that he was still corrupt or that he had "bought the case".

He added that City Press had no proof of his corruption.

Greaver said in the article that though he believed his reputation was permanently tarnished, he was not holding a grudge.

"I accept that people sometimes get things wrong because to err is human. I have forgiven both the journalists and the newspaper," Greaver said.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-07 19:24

    Have the likes of PWC do a lifestyle audit on you. Come on....

  • robert.ferreiro - 2012-10-07 19:46

    Show by your deeds that what you say is true...and work towards making the city a zone with zero tolerance for corruption with audits of staff and suppliers...

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-07 22:46

      If he did that, what do you estimate his maximum life expectancy to be? It has happened before that ANC comrades will use murder to protect their free ride on the gravy train.

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-10-07 19:47

    Corruption must still be proven beyond doubt. For now it sticks like superglue.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-07 19:51

    Ahem. This is all about legal niceties and far, far removed from reality. Thus far, not one corrupt cadre has lost any support over allegations of corruption. Proven or not. I'd venture as far as saying it guarantees him an income and/job for life. Voters in Polokwane (or anywhere else) will be as concerned with labels of corruption as mayors are with their oath of office or the people's welfare.

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-10-07 20:05

    You are rotten to the core... sorry dude. Blatant thief.

  • Andre - 2012-10-07 20:06

    It is an unfortunate fact that people in the new SA become politicians to enrich themselves and not purely to serve the community. That is why ward counsellors are murdered by their own party members to enable them to take their place as counsellors. By becoming part of the political system it elevates them out of poverty into the money making zone. . The system is the reason that 99% of politicians in the ANC is corrupt!

  • paul.lastrucci - 2012-10-07 20:08

    Maneuvering Politics,and gettting paid for it .It's about the only thing these oke's are good at. ........ Hard work and Text Books Haba!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-07 21:22

    The label of corruption will forever stick to the Anarchy Nepotism Corruption, and anything associated with the crooked organisation, and I will never ever think of the initials ANC as meaning anything else

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-10-07 21:41

    Thats the best name on the money!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-07 22:02

    eish, grandpa used to say..."if it walks like a duck"....

  • arnold.dumas.54 - 2012-10-07 23:07

    "He (Greaver)added that City Press had no proof of his corruption" Is that an admittance that he is guilty? Shouln'd he have said "allerged" corruption

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-10-08 00:28

    if you forgive city press and hold no grudges, then why sue for R100 000 ?

  • alan.muir.18 - 2012-10-08 07:33

    Correction. Anyone involved in government since 1995.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-08 09:09

    I was also twice a victim of this particular NewsPaper publishing rubbish stories about me in 1999 by their now retired journalist:SY MALULEKE without even contacting me for the other side of the storry- Good thing SAYCO Mamelodi Branch sjamboked him till the late Chris Hani

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