Can I sue someone for speaking badly about me on Facebook?

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Question

Can I sue someone for speaking badly and lying about me on Facebook? What she wrote about me has affected my reputation at church and impaired my dignity. What legal recourse do I have?

Answer

You have a choice of instituting legal action or defamation or opening a criminal case. To sue for defamation, you must prove that your good name or reputation was severely affected.

You can also open a criminal case known as crimen injuria. Or you can get a protection order against the person and request that he or she be ordered to apologise in public on Facebook.

The bank borrowed my 18-year-old son 35K – Is there anything that can be done against the bank?

Question

One of the well-known banks gave my 18-year-old son a R35 000 loan. My son is still in school, not working and I don’t understand how the bank loaned him the money. Is there anything that can be done against the bank?

Answer

You can report the bank to the banking ombudsman. What the bank has done is called reckless lending. In granting your son a loan, the bank firstly had to determine if he could afford the loan. If it failed to do an affordability assessment, it will be guilty of reckless lending.

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